Neymar Jr picks his 5-a-side team and wisely so!
When Brazil captain was asked to pick the four current players he would want to be alongside him in a five-man team, Neymar was prompt with his reply. Find out who made the list as Neymar Jr picks his 5-a-side team.
Neymar Jr himself is presently in the form of his life. Still only 23, he helped Barcelona to win a treble last season and is also on the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, and the sheer way he raised his game when Messi had been absent with his injury this season drew universal admiration.
1. Lionel Messi
Career highlights: Four-time Champions League winner; four-time Ballon D’Or winner; Olympic gold medallist in 2008; has led Barcelona to seven league titles.
Lionel Messi is the best player of this generation, and quite possibly of any other to follow, so his selection by Neymar Jr is sort of obvious.
2. Luis Suárez
Career highlights: World Cup semi-finalist with Uruguay in South Africa in 2010; treble-winner with Barcelona in first season; Copa América winner in 2011.
Luis Suárez has wasted little time in demonstrating that Barcelona ensured a very wise move in paying a handsome €80m to sign him from Liverpool. The positive news for Barça fans is that his recent form keeps on improving more, and he was unstoppable as he scored a brace in the 4-0 defeat of Real Madrid at the Bernabéu El Clasico in November 2015.
3. Thiago Silva
Career highlights: Serie A title with AC Milan; three Ligue 1 titles with PSG; Confederations Cup-winner with Brazil in 2013.
Playing the popular Messi-Suárez-Neymar Jr trio up front is sort of a guarantee of goals, so Neymar Jr’s remaining two spots go to a couple of extremely talented defenders. The first is Thiago Silva, who made his name as a formidable centre-back with an unmatched capability to read the game over his three seasons at AC Milan before the move to Paris St-Germain.
4. Dani Alves
Career highlights: Won the 2007 Copa América with Brazil, scoring in the final; won the UEFA Cup with Sevilla in 2006 and 2007; five league titles and three Champions League successes with Barcelona since 2008.
Dani Alves is way more than just a defensive pillar for Barcelona – he’s also an immense attacking threat thanks to those devastating runs down the pitch and crosses from the right. Alves and Neymar Jr together made sensation over Instagram by posting a video of themselves busy singing Nicky Jam’s Spanish chart hit El Perdón in their dressing room after the cup final victory over Villarreal last season.
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