BRAZIL baller NEYMAR chats to MATCH about his international journey and some of his team-mates!

BRAZIL’S NO. 10!

NEYMAR SAYS: “I never planned to wear the No. 10.  That was never in my mind. I always said that I wanted to wear 7 or 11. It was Dani Alves who looked at me and said you are a no.10 you must wear it. I am glad that I listened to him. Of course it’s a number some of our greatest ever players have worn!”

WEARING THE ARMBAND!

NEYMAR SAYS: “I am happy just to play. Of course when you are asked to captain your country there is a very special feeling. You don’t have to wear an armband to be a captain. There are many captains in the team. If I am asked to be captain or not I will always try and lead and help the team!”

CONFEDERATION CUP CHAMP!

NEYMAR SAYS: “It was an important win for us. For me personally I felt like there was a lot of pressure of me to perform well in a Brazil jersey and that tournament I felt I could show the fans what I was capable of!”

GOAL RECORD!

NEYMAR SAYS: “It is always a target to score goals. To go above Ronaldo in goals for Brazil was humbling. He is one of the best players ever at his peak he was a phenomenon that could not be stopped. To win two World Cups and score so many important goals. He will go down in the history of our greatest players!”

Records

OVERTAKING PELE?

NEYMAR SAYS: “I am not even thinking about that! All I am focused on is winning games, helping the team, and if that means scoring goals and breaking records then I will be happy – but nobody compares to Pele. He is the king – nobody can be compared to the king!”

CHILDHOOD IDOL!

NEYMAR SAYS: “For me growing up it was always Robinho I was trying to emulate and he was my idol. Watching him made me a better player – and then to get an opportunity to play with him for Santos and Brazil was a big dream for me!”

VINICIUS AND RODRYGO!

NEYMAR SAYS: “They are both top players and they have shown their quality with Real. I hope they are enjoying the experience playing in Europe – but in Brazil people can be in a bit of a hurry. They are young and they need time to hit the top level – but once they are there I think they will stay there for a very long time!”