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Neymar: Messi is my idol, Ronaldo a monster

Neymar says he’s inspired by his ‘idol’ Lionel Messi and ‘monster’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Brazil forward was together with Messi for four years at the Nou Camp before his departure to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

During his spell at Barcelona, Neymar formed a formidable triumvirate attack partnership with Messi and Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, with trio winning two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey crowns and a Champions League over that stint.

The PSG forward also played against Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo in El Clasico encounters while the Portuguese star was in Madrid.

In an interview with famous basketball star Steph Curry on The Players’ Tribune, the Brazil international hailed the five-time Ballon d’Or winners, stating that he has learnt from them.

“Facing Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – and I played with Messi, who is, for me, one of the greatest footballers of all time, and he is my idol in football,” Neymar said.

“With Messi, I learned every day, whether during our practice, or playing with him, or just watching him play. And that made me stronger and it increased my capacity on the field because I kept learning a lot from him.

“As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he is a monster. Facing him is a pleasure and an honour, but we have to be more prepared. He is one of the greatest in football so you get smarter, you get alert, but at the same time you learn a lot, too.

“So, they are two of the big guys that I can relate to, because I want to learn, I want more, I want to win, I want more trophies, score more goals … so I keep learning from them every day.”

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