Manchester United and Real Madrid legend David Beckham was asked to write the accompaniment to Neymar’s profile in Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people in the world’ special, and the Englishman didn’t hesitate to call the Brazilian star the next best player in the world.
It’s been clear ever since he signed for Brazilian team Santos at 17 that Neymar is an outstanding talent, a once-in-a-generation type of footballer who has fans on their feet whenever he gets the ball
Beckham wrote, having in mind the… magic Neymar performed as a young Santos player.
I’ve always been struck by his humility. He’s respectful and wants to learn, which he proved when he arrived at Barcelona in 2013 to play alongside some of the game’s biggest stars
the former Man United captain also wrote, agreeing with those who say that at Barcelona Neymar became a much more team player, adapting to the existence of other huge players at the club.
I suspect the recent Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain, when Neymar helped his team to an unforgettable 6-1 win, will be remembered as the moment he stepped up to take on the mantle of best player in the world
Beckham continued, praising Neymar for believing in the miracle even when his teammates seemed to have practically lost hope.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have a new rival to that claim—and Neymar is ready to make his move
the former England captain wrote as well, leaving no doubts about whom he considers the new king of world football.