Barcelona star Neymar places Gabriel Jesus alongside Griezmann and Dybala as his favourite forwards

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Barcelona superstar Neymar claims to “love” Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, while also rating Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala highly.

The Brazilian is among the most fearsome frontmen in world football, with his exploits alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez helping to position him among the global elite.

Neymar is, however, able to appreciate the efforts of those outside of Camp Nou, with a fellow countryman and exciting talents at Atletico Madrid and Juventus earning particular praise.

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He told Esporte Interativo: “Of the new generation, I like (Antoine) Griezmann very much, but I have a great affection for Gabriel Jesus.

“I love him for how he plays and because we play together in the Selecao and we did at the Rio Olympic Games.

“He has entered the main Selecao very well, he is a boy with a lot of potential.

Paulo Dybala Juventus Barcelona Champions League 11042017
Paulo Dybala Juventus Barcelona Champions League 11042017

“I will also say Dybala, the famous Argentinian left-footer. If you leave him alone, he can hurt you. On Wednesday, we [Barcelona] will not be able to leave him any space.”

Neymar will be going headtohead with Dybala in the second leg of a Champions League quarter-final in his next outing.

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Barca trail that contest 3-0 on aggregate, but they do have history when it comes to overturning first leg deficits – with Paris Saint-Germain seen off 6-5 on aggregate in the last 16.

Griezmann, meanwhile, is already through to the last four of Europe’s premier club competition with Atletico, with last season’s beaten finalists hoping to go one better this time around.

Gabriel Jesus has played no part in the Champions League as yet, having only linked up with City in January, but he will be hoping to secure them a ticket for 2017-18 as he works his way back to full fitness following an untimely injury that came on the back of a bright start to life in the Premier League.

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