Neymar now equals Messi, Ronaldo, says Brazil great Ronaldinho

Lionel Messi apparently has a plan to pip Real Madrid to the La Liga trophy this season, despite Barcelona's shock defeat to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Neymar offered further evidence of his talent in last week's incredible turnaround in the second leg of Barcelona's last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain, scoring twice in the final five minutes before assisting Sergio Roberto for the victor.

However, he refused to be drawn on comparisons between the Barca team he played in, that won the Champions League in 2006, and the current incarnation, "I never liked comparisons, we were a great team with great players and people and today's team also has a great team with great players and individuals".

But Ronaldinho, who was speaking at a press conference at the Burj Al Arab on Wednesday to discuss the expansion of his football academy across the region in association with Duplays, said Neymar has now grown to be up there with Messi and Ronaldo.

If Coutinho does follow Luis Suarez and switch Anfield for the Nou Camp, it would give Neymar a bigger standing with the Barcelona hierarchy. In the past nine years, the two have won the award, which recognises the world's best player, five time and four times, respectively.

"I truly hope that one day he will get the Ballon d'Or".

The Brazilian worldwide came third in the Ballon d'Or in 2015 and many took his performance against PSG as a definitive sign that he's well on the way to one day winning the coveted prize.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has announced he is going to leave the club at the end of the season. Let us know in the comments section below. "But I'm always ready to play especially in a game like this".

  • Julie Sanders