Is Neymar really the best player in the world?

At the press conference announcing Neymar’s arrival in Paris, PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, twice declared that his club had secured the best player in the world:

“I am very happy to present our big star, an idol to the whole world. We have always wanted Neymar. He is the best player in the world and now he is ours.

“We did not buy Neymar because Barcelona wanted Marco (Verratti). We simply wanted the best player in the world.” (ESPN)

It is fairly common for clubs to make such comments about their stars. For instance, Jose Mourinho used to do it with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Inter.

But could it actually be true now that Neymar is in fact better than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

Photo:Agencia de Noticias ANDES (ECUADOR vs BRASIL) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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