Paris Saint Germain forward Neymar has confessed that he still considers his former teammate Lionel Messi as his idol, while also branding Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘moster’.
Neymar, who joined PSG for a world record £198 million fee from Barcelona in 2017, catched up with Basketball legend Stephen Curry in a cross-over interview for Players’ Tribune and opened up on his about how he felt while playing alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
“I played with Messi, who is, for me, one of the greatest footballers of all time, and he is my idol in football,” he said.
“With Messi, I learned every day, whether during our practice, or playing with him, or just watching him play. That made me stronger and it increased my capacity on the field because I kept learning a lot from him.”
Talking about Ronaldo, the Brazil international branded the Portugal captain as a monster and said that facing him was an absolute honour.
“As for Cristiano, he is a monster. Facing him is a pleasure and an honour, but we have to be more prepared. He is one of the greatest in football, so you get smarter, you get alert, but at the same time you learn a lot, too.
“So, they are two of the big guys that I can relate to, because I want to learn, I want more, I want to win, I want more trophies, score more goals. So, I keep learning from them every day.”
Meanwhile, Neymar recently turned into a superhero as only a couple of days back, a comic book based on his tattoos was launched. According to ESPN, the book was launched in September and was presented at New York Comic Con in October. The theme of the book revolved around his ink where his tattoos come to life to fight crime.