Neymar Jnr has come out to praise Real Madrid and Brazilian left-winger Vinicius Jr. who took center stage on Saturday night in the Champions League Final, after scoring the only goal in the game that gave Real their 14th title which makes them the club with the highest in the world.
Neymar chooses Vinicius Jr over Mbappe to win World Best Player
The victory settles the Ballon d’Or debate, which should have already been Karim Benzema‘s regardless of the outcome of the match. Vini Jr.’s goal and Thibaut Courtois’ legendary performance mean that two more Real Madrid players have better cases than the Liverpool attacking duo.
And it was Vinicius Jr who received the most effusive praise from one of his idols. In an interview with Paris St-Germain star player, Neymar was asked who he thinks the best player in the world is right now, based on the last season of play. The Brazilian icon picked his national teammate Vinicius Jr. over his club teammate Kylian Mbappe and his former Clasico rival Karim Benzema.
According to him, he said: “Mbappé had a great season, Benzema too. Afterward, I watched very little football this year. But from what I’ve seen, yes, Vinicius Junior.“ Although Neymar praised Mbappe effusively after PSG’s final game of the Ligue 1 season against Metz.
There are rumors he could leave the club against his desires after the Mbappe’s record-breaking contract renewal with the Qatari-owned club. There has been reported friction behind the scenes between him and the Frenchman, even going back to Mbappe being caught on camera criticizing him.
So the relationship between Vinicius Jr. and Neymar may be stronger than the relationship between him and the Frenchman. Mbappe’s stats this season are more impressive than Vini’s, but Vini plays in a more difficult league. And he has more marquee moments than Kylian. In addition to game-winning goals in the Champions League Final and against Sevilla in LaLiga (they were once title contenders, let’s not forget!), Vini had the decisive assist in the quarterfinal against Chelsea.