Tite who manages Neymar at national team level feels the time has come for the player to fight Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or.
Neymar who recently sealed a record-breaking to PSG had somewhat been in the shadow of Messi. The move meaning that the player can now shine in a world of his own and be a serious contender for the coveted Ballon d’Or, having been third behind Ronaldo and winner Messi in 2015.
The former Barcelona forward is included in Brazil’s squad to face Ecuador and Colombia, even though they have already sealed World Cup qualification, with Neymar’s new Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Dani Alves, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos also included.
“There are three players fighting for that position: Cristiano, Messi and Neymar,” said Tite.
“Cristiano and Messi are from a different generation – and Neymar will get there. That will depend on his performances, not on whether he plays with Messi.
“The essence is that he likes to play football. The important thing is that he is well and adapted in his new club. Values and money do not change anything. He went to another club, as he said, to seek new perspectives.”
PSG’s typical formation is similar to what Neymar is used to at Barcelona and this will help the 25-year-old to settle in at his new club, added the national team coach.
“The tactical formation used by Paris is very similar to that of Barcelona, it’s 4-3-3,” Tite said. “PSG use two forwards with a pivot, so it has the same design.
“It only changes the characteristics of the players who will play next to Neymar.”