Ball Harambee By Bagga Wilks
There was a mini-panic in the Selacao camp in South Korea as Neymar was hurt in practice and there was some doubt if he would be able to play in the friendly against South Korea. The concerns about Neymar’s fitness traveled as far as the Barcelona boardroom.
Some of the pundits doubted Neymar’s ability and prognosticated that he would not do well at Barcelona. Neymar has proved his worth as he already has seven assists and has scored three goals in La Liga.
Neymar came of age in the Confederation Cup as he led Brazil to a coveted victory at home. It is abundantly clear that Scolari has put together a Brazilian World Cup team with the talent capable of winning the World Cup but that will depend on Neymar’s performance as he is the straw that stirs the cup.
Pele went out on a limb and proclaimed that Neymar would be better than Messi. Pele argued that Messi like Maradona was a one-footed player whereas Neymar kicked with both feet. They are now both at Barcelona playing together and thus far there has been no rivalry.
Neymar likes to play on the left flank and functions as Brazil’s playmaker. He also has a way of teasing his opponents, gesturing to them to come and get the ball. Now you see it, now you don’t. He has an uncanny ability to beat men and let them appear in slow motion. His cuts are deadly, he shoots with power and his free kicks are delightful.
Neymar is only twenty-one and his slight frame is only beginning to fill out. He has shown that he can carry a team and when he is at his best, he looks unstoppable. We will see both Neymar and Messi at the World Cup in 2014. It will be a test of their greatness as to who can lead their respective team to the World Cup in 2014. There is much that will unfold by these two great players before next summer. Watching Messi and Neymar work on their ball artistry is a special treat for soccer lovers.
Undoubtedly, Neymar and Messi will be remembered as two of the great players of all time. Neymar is still growing as a player and will benefit from his partnership with Messi.