Chelsea star Willian has backed Neymar in leaving behind Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, while admitting that Lionel Messi remains the man to beat as the best player in the world.
Neymar became the most valuable player on the planet in completing a world-record €222 million transfer to Parc des Princes last week, after months of speculation over his future.
The forward also cements his reputation as one of the game's most talented prospects, with many expecting him to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi in the Ballon d'Or race in the years to come.
For Willian, however, the new PSG star still has work to do if he wishes to succeed his former team-mate.
"Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo? The three of them are exceptional, they have a lot of quality and they have their differences. I like all three, but I think Messi will still be the best of the world a few more times," the winger explained to Goal.
"I know Cristiano Ronaldo is close to winning another one Ballon d'Or, but I really like Messi's style. I really like Neymar too, but I really like Messi."
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