Former Barcelona defender Edmilson has told the ftbllr football blog that Santos striker Neymar has the capability to become the next Ronaldinho at the Camp Nou. Ronaldinho established himself as one of the best players in the world during his spell at Barcelona. He was almost unstoppable for a period of two years during which time he helped the club win the Champions League title. Edmilson is one of the several Brazilian players to have had a spell at the Camp Nou. spent four years at the club from 2004 to 2008. He managed to see Ronaldinho at his peak.
He has said that he does not see a reason why Neymar can emulate the achievements of his fellow Brazilian at the Camp Nou. Barcelona have been heavily dependent on Lionel Messi for their successes over the last few years. Hence, there is a realisation that the Spanish club that they need to take the pressure off their Argentine star in order to get more success. Neymar has been consistently linked with a move to Barcelona over the last few years. He is valued at around £ 40 million, but Barcelona are not the only club interested in his services.
The 21-year-old has said that he is likely to leave Brazil after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“Neymar has a character like Ronnie, he plays football very cheerful, very fun, very spontaneous and with this commitment from Leo [Messi] to beat records every season, they can do great things together. He is focused and uncomplicated, so the fans will love him. In Brazil he has already done it all, he does not have any challenges left in Brazil. He should go to Barca and he will perform greatly,” said Edmilson, who also praised Real Madrid manager José Mourinho as one of the honest and open managers he has seen in football.
The Santos striker Neymar has once again reaffirmed his commitment to the Brazilian club by saying that he wants to stay with his boyhood club for as long as possible. The 20-year-old Neymar has become one of the hottest properties in world football, with many clubs like Barcelona and Chelsea queuing up for his signature. He was widely linked with a move to Barcelona only a few months ago, but the resignation of Guardiola from his role as the Barcelona manager has now put the move in doubt. Neymar has spoken of his admiration for the former Barcelona manager by saying that he would one day like to work with him.
Guardiola was recently announced as the next manager for the German club at Bayern Munich. It will be interesting to see if the German club come in with a bid for the player, who has two years left on his current contract. Neymar has said that he does have a number of European ambitions, but is not in a hurry to experience them any soon. The player is expected to cost around £ 35 million for any club interested, which rules out most of the medium sized clubs out of the picture.
“He [Guardiola] is a great coach, one of the best in the world, and yes, I have a desire to one day work with him, as with the other great coaches in world football. But I will say it again: I want to carry on playing for Santos. I’m happy here,” said the Santos striker in a recent interview. It is understood that Neymar has a release clause of around € 70 million, but the club will be willing to negotiate a deal at a much lower price. Neymar has been urged to move to Europe by many pundits and former players.
Neymar has been one of the hottest properties in world football right now. He has been linked with some of the best clubs in the world like Barcelona, Chelsea, and Real Madrid. However, the Santos manager Muricy Ramalho is of the opinion that the 20-year-old should choose Barcelona over other clubs when he decides to leave the South American continent. Neymar still has two years left on his current contract and is widely expected to leave the South American continent after the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, there have been numerous attempts to prize him even before that.
Muricy Ramalho is of the opinion that the style of play that is adopted by Barcelona is extremely similar to the one used in Brazil. Hence, it is extremely easy for Neymar to adapt to a new surroundings. One of the biggest tests for the 20-year-old will be to adapt to a new situation after having grown extremely comfortable in Brazil. Ramalho has said that it will be an extreme joy to see both Neymar and Lionel Messi play in the same team. Lionel Messi is right now regarded as the best player in the world, while Barcelona have been thought of as the best team in the world.
“It would be amazing to see a Barcelona side with Neymar and Messi. Barcelona is a very similar side to ours. The players like to pass the ball around. I think Neymar would be best suited to Barcelona. Real Madrid plays a different style of football. Neymar is destined for Europe after the World Cup. He must choose the club he goes to wisely. The best option for me is Barca,” said Ramalho. Neymar is expected to cost around £ 35 million, while Santos have already rejected a bid from Chelsea.
Dani Alves has said that Neymar should join Barcelona if he is approached by the Spanish club during the mid season transfer window. Alves had said this in one of his previous interviews as well.
Barcelona has to play against Mallorca on Sunday. Talking to the reporters ahead of that match, Alves said, “If Barcelona shows interest in Neymar in January, I think he should accept the offer. I have said that before, if he opts to join Barcelona, his game would certainly be developed here. His inclusion would also strengthen the Barcelona squad as he is a fine, young talent.”
There have been a few reports that Lionel Messi has talked to Neymar. When asked about that, Alves said, “I don’t know about that. But, I haven’t introduced him to Messi.”
Barcelona suffered a close defeat in its previous match against Celtic. This was the first defeat for Barcelona in the last 13 matches. When asked about that, Alves said, “That was only a bad day for us. You can’t come out victorious in each and every match. That was one of those days when a lot of things went wrong for us. But, there is no need to think too much about that defeat. I am sure the team will come back hard in the next match.”
The Brazilian defender had to miss a few matches in the ongoing season because of thigh injury. He made a comeback last week, but, he didn’t look in the best of forms. When asked about that, Alves said, “It’s true that I have been out of touch in the matches that I have played in this season and I am pretty upset about it. I want to be back in top form soon.”
The Brazilian international Dani Alves has said that he wants the Brazilian superstar Neymar to join Barcelona because he feels that it would be the right step to improve his career. The 20-year-old Neymar is already regarded as one of the best Brazilians in recent times. He has even been compared with the likes of Pele due to his extraordinary talent. He has been linked with some of the best clubs in the world over the past few years. Chelsea news reported that Chelsea were the first to show an interest in the player, but Neymar has already rejected the possibility of joining the Premier league club.
It is widely anticipated that he would be either moving to Spain or Italy rather than move to England. Due to the incredible success of Brazilian players at the camp Nou, it is thought that Neymar would be interested in a move to the Spanish club Barcelona. The Barcelona defender Dani Alves has also suggested that it would be the right move at this stage in his career because Barcelona is a club that will allow him to flourish. Dani Alves has also said that he has advised to Neymar that he should leave Brazil in order to become a better player.
“I’ve already advised him to leave Brazil. He would improve a lot and he would become a lot more respected. I really wish I could get to see him play alongside Messi, “said the Barcelona defender in a recent interview. Meanwhile, Neymar has said that he has no information regarding the rumours that he has already signed a contract with Barcelona and is expected to move in the January transfer window. Barcelona did not make any great signings during the summer transfer window and Neymar is expected to be the star name in the January transfer window.