Brazilian legend Zico has said that in terms of talent and potential, Neymar is on the same level as football legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He has also spoken of Neymar’s jersey number is not the typical fit to his role in a team. “Neymar doesn’t play in this role [as a 10],” Zico said to Omnisport. “He is a wing player, and always has been. They [clubs] give him a number 10 because there is a big meaning in life of a great name of the Brazilian team.
“Maybe, the only one that went out of this was Romario, a born striker that had the option for 11. But, every forward from every club chose the number 10 because it was the big representing of the great name of the club. The clubs themselves made a point of it. So, the number 10 jersey had a weight, not only in the national team, but in Brazil. The big reference. He was the team’s star, so he received the number 10.”
“I think Neymar has this situation, [it is] obvious he has more pressure. Every great player is more outstanding in the victory, but has more pressure in defeats. But he is an exceptional player. He has a talent like few in world football. I put him at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.”