As Brazilian forward Neymar eyes, a return from injury to footballing action on Friday, Selecao boss Tite has spoken up on how important the former is to the team.
Tite is of the opinion that Neymar is in the top three best players in the world and confirmed that the Paris Saint-Germain man is all set to get back onto the field.
Neymar has been out of footballing action for both club and country since picking up an ankle injury in Brazil’s pre-Copa America friendly against Qatar in June.
But, much to the joy of Brazil fans, the 27-year-old has been included in the squad that is set to face Colombia in Miami on Friday at the Hard Rock stadium.
Tite was quoted as saying at Thursday’s press conference:
“He has recovered from the injury that as everyone remembers removed him from the Copa America.”
“If he wasn’t fit, he wouldn’t be with the national team. We are not irresponsible to force a situation when it concerns the athlete’s health. I and the coaching staff will be very attentive to his development. He is ready, he is capable of doing what the team needs.”
Tite said that Neymar and Eden Hazard are the two best players of this generation but the former has a bit of advantage if compared.
“Fifty percent of goals scored by Brazil with Neymar on the pitch are because of his goals or an assist he makes.
“The team needs him and he needs the team.
“From individual technical quality, I put Lionel Messi on top and Cristiano Ronaldo, because they are of another generation.
“From there I put another generation: [Neymar] and Eden Hazard are two extraordinary players for me. One advantage Neymar has over Hazard is that they think alike but he executes faster. He’s unstoppable.”
Neymar wanted a move out of his current club Paris Saint-Germain this summer and was hoping for a return to Barcelona. Real Madrid was also in line to secure his signature but none of the deals materialized and the forward remains at PSG for the upcoming season.