Updated 08:25 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Neymar is Better Than Messi, Says Brazil Coach Dunga

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Brazilian footballer Neymar is now better than his FC Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, the Brazilian football team coach claimed.

Brazil coach Dunga said in an ESPN report that Neymar's performance has been more commendable than that of the Barcelona forward.

"If we look at the ranking by numbers and statistics, Neymar is superior right now. Messi is injured, Cristiano [Ronaldo] is expected to repeat what he did last year," added Dunga even adding in the picture the Real Madrid star.

He also took note of Neymar's great improvement after serving a four-game suspension after the Copa America this summer.

"Neymar has improved consistently since he arrived at Barcelona [in 2013]. He has done all that was expected of him with Messi out. He's in great form," Dunga told ESPN.

Mirror, on the other hand, said that Neymar indeed started the season with his showcase of skills "netting 11 times in 10 La Liga appearances" and compensating for Messi's absence in Barca.

"He has five goals in his last three games in all competitions, including a brace against Villarreal at the weekend in Barca's 3-0 win," added the same report.

In addition, Daily Mail mentioned that the Brazilian footballer also recorded six assists in all competitions, this is four more than Messi Ronaldo.

Argentina manager Gerardo Martino is positive that Neymar's performance and great form will be a big threat to Argentina as the two teams clash on Friday.

"Neymar is at a superlative level. His return to the Brazil team comes at a great time. Every player needs time to adapt. I had to coach a very good Neymar, but what he is doing puts him at the level of the two players [Messi and Ronaldo] we considered above the rest," Martino added.

The two teams were supposed to compete in a match on Thursday but torrential rains in Buenos Aires led to the postponement of the game.

"The game will now take place on Friday night, after the pitch was deemed unplayable, delaying Barcelona star Neymar's return to international football," noted a separate Daily Mail report.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) announced on its website that the game did not push through because of the weather condition.

"The bad weather made it impossible for the match to be played. Heavy rains that are still falling in Buenos Aires forced the abandonment of the match," read the Argentine Football Association (AFA) statement in the Conmebol website.

It noted that 50 millimeters of rain poured two hours before the schedule of the game. The teams had high hopes that the downpour will not repeat a few minutes before the game but another strong one dumped the hopes of the fans and the players as well.

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