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Neymar tipped to be 'best in the world'

May 29, 2013
By ESPN staff

Brazil star Ronaldinho believes compatriot Neymar has the perfect platform to become the "best in the world" after signing for Barcelona.

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GettyImagesRonaldinho has tipped Neymar for greatness after signing with Barcelona.

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Despite insisting he would not leave Brazil until after the next World Cup, Neymar recently put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the La Liga champions.

Barcelona were reported to have paid in the region of €30 million to secure the 21-year-old's signature.

The deal will see the young Brazilian prodigy play alongside some of the best players in the world, including World Cup winners Xavi and Andres Iniesta and reigning Ballon d'Or holder, Lionel Messi.

But former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho said Neymar could quickly overtake his new team-mates and become the new king of the Nou Camp.

"It will be wonderful to see him play for Barcelona," Ronaldinho told Brazilian media. "They are a great club in one of the best leagues in the world.

"He will certainly adapt well because he is a player who has everything needed to be the best in the world."