‘That’s why he’s won so much’ – Neymar hails Raphael Varane and Virgil van Dijk but says Man City’s Kyle Walker is better than the Manchester United and Liverpool duo

‘That’s why he’s won so much’ – Neymar hails Raphael Varane and Virgil van Dijk but says Man City’s Kyle Walker is better than the Manchester United and Liverpool duo

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Phil Spencer

10th September 2022,
6: 03 pm

Updated: 10th September 2022,
6: 06 pm

Neymar believes that the intelligence of Virgil van Dijk and Raphael Varane put them among the best defenders in the world, but says that Kyle Walker is the best that he has faced.

The Brazilian forward has certainly proven himself as one of the best attackers in the modern era with 284 goals for Santos, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain combined.

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Neymar is one of the greatest attacking talents of the modern era

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While facing many top defenders, Neymar says that Kyle Walker is the toughest

With 74 goals in 119 appearances for his country, Neymar is also Brazil’s second highest goalscorer ever, behind the legendary Pele.

While you don’t get those sorts of numbers without genuine quality, the 30-year-old has certainly been tested after facing some of world’s top defensive stars.

Describing Man City star Walker, Neymar said: “He’s fast, strong and intelligent.”

He also discussed Van Dijk and Varane of Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, suggesting that there’s a reason both are at the top of their game.

Speaking on the DAZN Soccer Show, he explained: “Playing against Van Dijk is tough because as a centre-back, he’s so strong and intelligent. He knows when is the right time to close you down and when to go in for a tackle. That marks it harder.

It’s harder to play against intelligent centre-backs. Sometimes they don’t make mistakes and it’s tougher if they don’t make mistakes.”

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Van Dijk has been a colossus for Liverpool for several years
Varane has won just about everything that you can win in the professional game

Asked about the Man United star, he added: “I’ve played against Varane many times! He’s a very good centre-back.

“He’s quick and intelligent, his positioning is very good. He’s a top player.

“He hardly ever gets it wrong, that’s why he’s won so much.”

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