Former Brazil skipper Cafu has given his opinion about the technical ability of some of the top footballers in the world presently. It is believed that Lionel Messi is an exceptional player on the field of play and he’s regarded as the best football to ever play the game.
However, the 2002 world cup winner rates his fellow countryman, Neymar Jr ahead of Lionel Messi when it comes to technical ability. Cafu revealed this while speaking with Fox Sports. According to him, Neymar Jr is the most technically gifted player in the universe. Though Lionel Messi may be gifted which made him very exceptional, however, when it comes to the technical know-how of football, no player is as gifted as Neymar Jr.
Although, Cafu stated that he is a big fan of Lionel Messi and he passionately envies the style of the 6 times Balon d’Or winner, but still no player knows how to use the ball best like Neymar Jr. This is what many football critics always fault the 28-year-old Brazilian player for that he is never serious with football. He plays football like he’s just having fun but never invest so much seriousness like the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.
Quoting the words of Cafu, he said, “Today, technically, nobody can beat Neymar. Not even Messi, although I am a fan of him. But he does not surpass him in terms of technical quality.” Cafu went further that there is no mistake in making Neymar Jr even though it may look like he doesn’t have leadership skills. Neymar may not be seen shouting or charging his fellow teammates on the pitch but his style of play can definitely motivate others to play well too. In his words, “Today I don’t see any leader within the Brazilian team.
“Today I don’t see anyone who says this to Neymar: ‘Oh, don’t do this’ or ‘Do this’. There is not!
“They gave him that responsibility, and it’s not his profile. It’s not that he doesn’t want to, but because it’s not his profile.
“Have you ever seen him catching Thiago Silva and Tite in a discussion and solving the situation? No, because it is not his profile.”
“He is a reference, he makes room for others, he scores extraordinary goals, but, really, someone is missing who covers, someone is lacking the strength to fit in around him.”
Cafu reiterated that Neymar is the only player is the greatest hope Brazil to winning the World Cup, “I speak again here, he is our greatest hope for winning a World Cup.