Neymar is no pele, Neither messi he is
First, Neymar is going to be as good as Pele (answer: no, of course not)? And secondly, Neymar is going to be as good as Messi (answer: see previous answer)? Both of them represent a master class at the point regardless of the era they played in. Not only footballer Neymar delicious in own right, but has other qualities that are more interesting. Perhaps the best part of it is that he offers a model of how to exist happily as a person consumed uncompromisingly by modern sports. He is the state of the art in this sense, the only 23-year-old global superstar footballer we have, and a player for whom almost no before, no life outside the gaze of an incredibly overheated sport. Neymar is no Pele but as close as he is.
Not that Neymar is likely to worry about any of this. In fact, its distinctive superpower is that mental toughness cool, clear, diamond grade. Neymar is no Pele but he is an athlete who does not feel the pressure, you live your life inside completely into the machine, but you can still let all the water on it. And it seems, despite the rarity of his private life, not a superstar surprisingly rare, a candidate for the role of the happiest millionaire celebrity jewelry-covered.
Neymar achievements this season has been to fuse perfectly in that stellar, three-man attack of Barcelona, and here the comparisons with Gareth Bale seem illuminating. This season, if not the last, which was a little painful to watch Bale struggle to be heard on a computer, that is reduced to sitting in the wings. That hit of occasional bongo fill during short breaks in the sole endless Cristiano Ronaldo cock-rock guitar solo.
Neymar is also in his second season with a mega star of the house. It has, however, did work in the past six months, revitalized not only by the switch Messi right in November, but a huge amount of hard work. Often he dismissed erroneously as a lightweight presence, Neymar has been this season more than any other player of Barcelona in the Champions League. When I was in Munich, he has been relentlessly aggressive, taking the ball on the turn, always running directly toward the nearest defender, in the process allowing Messi to save himself by his own dazzling bursts and deploy the sublime range full his passing. Of course Neymar is no Pele, because is going to be a sparkling shadow of him.
What it should be. Playing with a great talent should be fun. It should be effortless – and this has been key quality Neymar. He is a player that barely leaves a mark on the grass when running; it cannot be an alien talent as Messi or Ronaldinho last really great creative genius out of the manga in Brazil, but still a wonderfully complete, capable footballer passing, dribbling, finishing and grafting with a seductive physical grace.
For Brazil, the pressure to provide some vision remains world-best finality. But maybe this is also why in the football club Neymar is released rather than intimidate the light of even greater than his talent. If Barcelona does get his triplet sub-genius best player in the world will have played a full part, a catalyst and a razor’s edge, and a portion of lubrication refined in that attack-of-the-ages last minute. Undoubtedly Neymar is no Pele , but a Neymar of ours.