Football legend Pele has sensationally highlighted some flaws in his compatriot Neymar which according to him robs the Barcelona star the status of a great player he nonetheless is been addressed as.
Pele went as far as suggesting one of his former Santos team-mates was “10 times better” than Neymar.
Though with some hard stance, the 75-year-old, who won the World Cup three times with Brazil, acknowledged the Barcelona forward is the best player in the current national team.
However, he believes Neymar’s shortcomings are his heading ability and lack of defensive awareness, claiming former Santos man Vasconcelos was a superior talent.
“Neymar is a good player, but how many goals has he scored with his head in his life,” Pele said in an interview with Placar.
“Is he an excellent player? He is, but Vasconcelos [Pele’s Santos team-mate between 1956 and 1958] was 10 times better than Neymar, without any doubt.
“Neymar is an attacker, he plays up front. That is it. He does not track back, does not organise and does not come out to play.
“It’s difficult to compare him with so many players of the past when he has deficits although within the current Brazil team, he is the main figure, the only one.”