With FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid set to do battle in a top of the table LaLiga clash after the international break, one of their star players has explained how Lionel Messi is the exact opposite of Neymar.
Neymar has often been lauded as the heir to the Ballon d’Or dominance of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the ‘third’ best player in the world.
But his antics in the underwhelming 2018 FIFA World Cup with Brazil raised questions about his character to be regarded as the world’s finest footballer.
And Atléti’s Juanfran has spoken out about the PSG forward, revealing why he thinks he’s the exact “opposite” to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“For me, Messi is the best, I’ve always said it,” he said via GiveMeSport.
“He and Cristiano [Ronaldo] have marked differences, but Leo has always had a little more. I respect him very much.
“On the field, you can kick him, he doesn’t complain much. Neymar, on the other hand, is the opposite of Messi.”