Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has said that Argentine star Lionel Messi still remains the best player in the world ahead of the likes of Brazilian star Neymar, who was recently signed from Barcelona from Santos. Neymar has been one of the much talked about youngsters in the world.
He has chosen Barcelona amongst several other interested parties like Real Madrid and Chelsea. He will be coming into the team, which has been built around Lionel Messi, who has managed to win the last four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards in succession. Alba believes that Neymar is an extremely good player, but he is still not at the level of Messi.
The 21-year-old will be moving to the Spanish club after the end of the Confederations cup in June. He has signed a five-year contract with the Spanish club. Barcelona managed to win the league title recently, but they have been disappointing in the other cup competitions. As a result, the signing of Neymar is expected to make them even stronger. The arrival of the 21-year-old striker could herald the departure of David Villa, who joined from Valencia a few years ago for £ 35 million.
Neymar had just one year left on his contract with Santos.
“I don’t know whether he [Neymar] will come here or not. He’s a brilliant player and in Brazil he’s showing he is a class above, but Messi is number one and maybe even the best in history. The technical team and the board will make reinforcements where they feel they need to be made. Personally, the team looks fine to me. Let’s hope we win more silverware next year. We have three games left and we will try to win all of them. We want to reach 100 points and equal Real Madrid’s record,” said Alba.