Former Cameroonian international, Samuel Eto’o has backed Neymar to win the FIFA Ballon d’Orin the nearest feature.
The Brazilian was named on the shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or alongside Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo but the duo have for the past seven years.
However, Eto’o who has played previously for Real Madrid and Barcelona is confident that if Neymar applies himself appropriately, he will be the sport’s leading performer in the future.
“Neymar has a lot of potential. After the era of Messi and Cristiano, surely he will be number one,” Eto’o, who played for Barca between 2004 and 2009, told ESPN Brasil.
“But he has to remember that it depends on him a lot. He must remember that he hast the talent and needs to train, train and train, because others do not have his talent.
“Neymar is only 24-years-old, I am 10 years older than him, but he is a leader in Brazil.
“I think, with all he has experienced, the pressure, he may be able to give advice to a 35-year-old who plays with him.”
Eto’o was recently manager at Turkish side Antalyaspor earlier this month and he is confident of doing well.
“Before, I slept some four hours a night. Now that I am a coach, I sleep for a maximum of three!” he added.
“But I’m a football lover, so I do everything with passion. I always give by best, and I think we managed to make our team play well.
“But it’s not enough just to play well, we have to play well and win.”