Pele Believes Neymar is Better Off Staying at Santos

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Pele Believes Neymar is Better Off at Santos

Pele, considered the top footballer in Brazilian history, believes that Neymar has the potential to be as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - however he would be better off staying with Santos and not playing for a European club for awhile.

‘He can be a great player. He can be like Messi or Ronaldo, no doubt. But I think it’s a little complicated for him to move to a club in England or Italy at the moment. The marking is very tight there. He would find that a little difficult because he’s very young. The game is very physical in England and Italy. Maybe in Holland or France or even Spain it would be better for him’. 

Pele added, ‘I think it is very difficult to keep him in Brazil. Santos is my team and he started there with us. I hope he stays there until more or less the 2014 World Cup but it will be a little difficult to keep him there. He hasn’t reached his potential yet, but he is already an excellent player’.

Pele scored a stunning 589 league goals in 605 games between 1956-1974.

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