David Beckham Names the Star Closest to Challenging Ronaldo & Messi as the World's Greatest Player

Kavan Flavius

Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star David Beckham believes that Barcelona's Neymar is closing the gap on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become the best in the world.

The Brazilian reached the milestone of scoring 100 goals for the Spanish giants since joining them from Santos in 2013, and England legend Beckham has been tracking his progress with interest.

FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Beckham, now retired, wrote the  accompaniment to Neymar’s profile in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, and claimed to have been taken aback by the 25-year-old's humility.

"​ It’s been clear ever since he signed for Brazilian team Santos at 17 that Neymar is an outstanding talent, a once-in-a-generation type of footballer who has fans on their feet whenever he gets the ball," he wrote (via  ​Goal ).

“I’ve always been struck by his humility. He’s respectful and wants to learn, which he proved when he arrived at Barcelona in 2013 to play alongside some of the game’s biggest stars.


“I suspect the recent Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain, when Neymar helped his team to an unforgettable 6-1 win, will be remembered as the moment he stepped up to take on the mantle of best player in the world.

“Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have a new rival to that claim—and Neymar is ready to make his move.”

Kavan Flavius is a regular contributor to the Official Chelsea Guest Fan Blog, find him on Twitter @KavanFlavius.

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