Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo believes that Brazilian youngster Neymar has what it takes to become the World’s best player in the years to come.
Despite Neymar belonging to the rival camp, Ronaldo in an interview with sporTV, has tipped the Brazilian to be a player of the future while accepting that he has struggled in his start with Barcelona.
“His adaptation at Barcelona was not the best — he had some problems at the start — but I have no doubt that he has the potential to be one of the best players, or even the best player, in the world.”
Brought on from Santos, Neymar has struggled to adapt with Barcelona and the off-field controversy regarding his signing definitely did not help the youngster. Having arrived in Spain amidst much fan-fare, the youngster from Brazil has endured a turbulent season with the Catalans, including a string of injuries which is likely to rule him out for the remaining two domestic fixtures for Barcelona.
But the current Ballon d’Or winner clearly believes that Neymar has what it takes to improve and go on to be the best player in the world. Ronaldo himself is enjoying one of his best seasons with Real Madrid though has struggled to maintain his fitness this year. Having limped off Madrid’s last domestic fixture, which essentially saw them give away the title hopes, Ronaldo will be looking forward to make amends in the upcoming World Cup.
Having fired Portugal to the World Cup after seeing off Sweden in a brilliant display of his prowess, Ronaldo will be hoping to lead his country to a successful international campaign. Drawn with the likes of Germany, Ghana and United States, in what is being tipped to be the Group of Death, Portugal will be banking on Ronaldo to take them past the group stages.
“We know we have a difficult group phase, in my opinion the strongest in the World Cup, but we will go step by step.”
Currently in his best form, having recently bagged the Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo knows that this World Cup might be his only chance of achieving any success at the international stage as he is closing in on his thirties. But the Portuguese believes that he will be looking to enjoy himself, claiming that he will take the tournament a game at a time. He understands that Portugal are not the favourites but believes that anything is possible in Brazil.
“We are not favourites, but we will go and try to enjoy ourselves.”
Planning to take the tournament a game at a time, Cristiano Ronaldo is only focusing on the first three fixtures of the World Cup, one that will start with them facing Germany in their first fixture.
“We have an important game against the Germans in the first game, and then we must play Ghana and the United States to get through the group. Then we will see.”
With the Champions League final also approaching in May, Ronaldo seems to be set to play in what could be the most important games of his career. Chasing the La Decima, Ronaldo will be looking to enter the pages of the history book by destroying city rivals Atletico Madrid in the upcoming finals. However his recent string of injuries has cast a shadow over his form, with many believing that the winger is worn out. But as Ronaldo has shown time and again in his career, he is a man of big occasions, who will like nothing more that taking the whole world by surprise.