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Neymar names the most skillful footballers he’s ever shared a pitch with

Neymar picked a few surprising names among the more obvious players when Dream Team asked who the most skillful footballers he's shared a pitch with are

At Santos, Barcelona and Brazil Neymar has had the pleasure of sharing the pitch with some of the most skillful footballers to have played the game.

He played with and against Ronaldo during his Santos days, and now finds himself part of two of the most dangerous trios in football at club and international level.

But, when put on the spot, who does the 25-year-old rate as the most skillful of the lot?


Neymar was speaking at the Neymar Jr’s Fives, hosted by Red Bull

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Neymar was speaking at the Neymar Jr’s Fives, hosted by Red Bull

The answer might come as a slight surprise.

When asked by Dream Team at the Neymar Jr’s Fives tournament in Santos, Neymar couldn’t settle on just one.

He said: “Of course I would have to pick Lionel Messi.

“But after that it’s Gabriel Jesus- he’s incredibly skillful. I’d also have to pick Robinho, who is my idol, and Ganso at Sevilla.

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“And I can’t forget Ronaldinho.”

Picking Ronaldinho and Messi is no surprise, but the inclusion of Ganso is likely to turn heads.

The midfielder, who also started his career at Santos, is currently struggling to get a look in at Sevilla and is nowhere selection for the Brazil squad.

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Man City fans will be pleased to see the selection of Jesus, who took the Premier League by storm after arriving from Palmeiras.

And what would a list of skillful South Americans be without the inclusion of Mr Stepover Robinho?

So there you have it- Messi, Ronaldinho, Robinho, Jesus and Ganso. They’d be an incredible 5-a-side team if they ever managed to pass to each other.

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