Neymar Primed To Surpass Lionel Messi As Global Football Icon

Posted: Jun 16 2015, 8:58pm CDT | by , Updated: Jun 16 2015, 9:02pm CDT, in Latest Sports News


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Neymar Primed to Surpass Lionel Messi As Global Football Icon
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  • Up-and-coming Brazilian football star Neymar, Jr. is nearing the world superstar status of Lionel Messi, per

Up-and-coming Brazilian football star Neymar, Jr. is nearing the world superstar status of Lionel Messi, per

Neymar is fast catching up with Lionel Messi.

According to Mail Online's Pete Jenson, Neymar has the full arsenal perhaps no other football player has. Accused by many of being a showboat, Neymar "is not interested in points for an artistic impression -- he wants a goal," says Jenson.

Neymar has already recorded 54 goals in 92 games for FC Barcelona. His 44 goals in 64 games for Brazil makes him a legitimate threat to become the nation's all-time top goal scorer. As of June 2015, he is just 13 goals behind the legendary Pele, per Jenson.

The other top Brazilian goal scorers are Zico (48), Romario (55) and Ronaldo (62). Neymar is primed to surpass all of them, with his header in Peru a reminder to everyone of his versatility, per Mail Online.

Neymar idolized Robinho growing up. However, Robinho isn't as well-rounded as Neymar is, says Jenson.

Because of Neymar's versatility and amazing football prowess, would-be FC Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is inclined to sign him until 2020 for a whopping €12 million per year, per Mail Online.

Jenson stresses even if Bartomeu loses the July 18 election to Joan Laporta, FC Barcelona's top priority would remain the same: lock up Neymar to a lucrative, long-term deal.

FC Barcelona signed Neymar in 2013. Two years later, he is the second-highest paid player on the club. The Mail Online update says the club will discuss a contract extension with him sometime between September and December this year.

Jenson then describes how Neymar will eventualy overtake Messi as today's global football icon:

"Neymar is the heir to the Argentine's crown. He will win the Ballon d'Or and the Golden Boots and he will lead the Catalans' forward line when Messi is finally ready to take a step back into midfield.

"At 23, four years Messi's junior, the timing will be perfect."

Barca team captain Xavi, who has criticized Neymar for his immaturity, also has his share of praise for the FC Barcelona superstar, per Jenson:

"When Leo Messi retires he will become the best player in the world. He has made the difference at 21, 22, 23 years of age and to do that at Barcelona is very difficult. He is going to have his own golden age, make no mistake about it."

Jenson says for Neymar to earn the respect of a player like Xavi in just two years of playing for FC Barcelona is quite an accomplishment.

The Mail Online report also says Neymar is "not quite the quiet family guy that Luis Suarez and Messi are" but acts like a professional when he needs to be.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport (via ESPN FC), Neymar and Barca verbally agreed to a long-term contract extension on June 15. The stipulations are consistent with those Jenson mentioned in his Mail Online report: five years for €12 million each year.

Neymar will officially sign the deal in August, which ranks him second behind Messi on the team in terms of salary, per Sport (via ESPN FC).

The Sport update also says Bartomeu and former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will undergo trial in Catalan for alleged tax evasion when the club signed Neymar two years ago.

Prosecutors allege Barca declared they paid Neymar only €57.1 million when in fact they paid him "at least" €83.371 million, per Sport (via ESPN FC).

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