Mourinho On Whether Neymar Is The Greatest Brazilian Since Pele
Jose Mourinho rejects the notion that Neymar is the greatest Brazilian footballer since Pele.
Placar, a Brazilian football magazine, recently made the claim about the world’s most expensive player, who is Brazil’s third highest-top scorer having scored 60 goals in 96 appearances for his country.
It’s brought about plenty of debate – so much so – Mourinho felt the the need to have his say on the topic and made some interesting and valid points regarding Neymar.
While he isn’t denying the PSG forward is a special player, he feels he’s still behind the legendary Selecao duo of Rivaldo and Ronaldo, who both led their country to World Cup wins in addition to conquering Europe.
“Neymar is a fantastic talent and nobody can doubt that,” Mourinho said on DAZN, as per Goal.
“He came to Europe and won immediately.
“But I think they forgot players that were the best of the world at some point, such as Ronaldo and Rivaldo, just citing two, and I could remember more.
“They also came to Europe and were fantastic, but beyond that, they passed through this special situation in a country’s life that is succeeding on the international level.
“Neymar will keep fighting to be on Europe’s elite, where he already is, and this [winning with Brazil] will continue to be a dream for him.”
Neymar was unplayable as Brazil won the Confederations Cup in 2013 but a Copa America or World Cup triumph would strengthen the argument that he’s the best player to hail from Brazil.
To be fair, all he’s got to do to get on Pele’s level is inflate his goalscoring figures by counting every goal he has ever scored – something the three-time World Cup winner is widely ridiculed for doing.
Not only that, Pele’s favourite goal was a strike against Atletico Juventus, a Brazilian side, in 1959 but because wasn’t captured on camera so based off his description someone made a hilarious computer-generated version of it.