Neymar said he does not feel comfortable being mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as he prepares to captain Brazil.
Barcelona star Messi and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo have dominated football, winning the Ballon d’Or the past nine times between them but Neymar is closing the gap.
“This is one thing that I don’t feel comfortable to talking about. I really don’t like it,” said Neymar, who will captain Brazil against Paraguay in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on Tuesday with the South American giants seven points clear atop the standings.
“They [Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi] are two great players that in the last 10 years maintain the high level. They are two great players that I admire a lot and one of them I work with him at my side every day.
“He is the best player that I’ve ever played and I’ve been learning from him. I don’t know if it is or isn’t the right time, I just know that I want to be better than myself every day. Yesterday I went well and today I want to be even better and so on. I want to overcome myself every day and I do not want to be better than anyone, I just want to get better and better.”