Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho told Sport-English.com on June 17 it's only a matter of time before Neymar "will transform into the best footballer in the world."
Ronaldinho believes Neymar is on track to becoming the best soccer player in the world today.
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This was what the the Brazliian football legend told Sport-English.com's Jordi Blanco on June 17. Ronaldinho also believes Neymar will carry the Brazilian tradition of excellence with FC Barcelona:
"He is on the way towards making history. When I arrived at Barcelona, the club hadn't won anything for a while. Barca wanted a change of fortunes and opened the doors to new success. Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Romario and I already played for Barcelona and had left a gap for a Brazlian.
"Now, I am sure that Neymar will continue this, and he will want to do it better than my generation.
"Very soon Neymar will transform into the best footballer in the world. I am going to encourage him to reach this target. If he doesn't do it this year, it will be very soon."
The 23-year-old Neymar has amassed 54 goals in 92 appearances for Barca through June 16. With his 44 goals for the Brazilian national team, he is also in a good position to overtake his country's all-time leading scorer, Pele, who retired with 57 goals for Brazil.
Just two days ago, Spanish newspaper Sport (via ESPN FC) reported Neymar verbally agreed to a long-term deal with FC Barcelona to the tune of five years and €12 million per annum.
Sport also confirms Neymar will sign his new contract with Barca in August. His new deal places him second behind Argentine football star Lionel Messi as the second-highest player on the team.
On the other hand, ESPN FC's Tom Marshall reported on June 9 that the 35-year-old Ronaldinho's one-year stint in Mexico is about to come to an end. Mexican team Queretaro's manager Victor Manuel Vucetich told ESPN on the day of the annual Liga MX draft he is looking at releasing him:
"It will depend on various factors and things, but the idea is that he no longer participates for us.
"Marketing-wise it was an enormous success, he's got great quality, but we need players that contribute in all aspects. Mexican soccer needs people that are on the up, not on the slide and that is very important for the league."
Queretaro signed Ronaldinho in Sept. 2014. However, he showed up late for the team's preseason schedule and then left the stadium after Vucetich substituted him before halftime during a playoff game against Pachuca in May.
With his furture in Mexico apparently in jeopardy, Ronaldinho plans to play for Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, per a June 8 update from Spanish newspaper Diario Marca (via ESPN Desportes).
Ronaldinho claims the monotonous lifestyle of training and then just staying home in Mexico makes him feel "bored," per Diario Marca. The ESPN Desportes cites an ESPN Mexico report which says he is uncomfortable leaving his apartment because of the media scrutiny surrounding him.
According to ESPN Desportes, Ronaldinho's relationship with Vucetich has not gone very well.
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