"There wouldn't be a space for Neymar," Gerson told Fox Sports. "In whose place would he play? He can't take Rivelino's spot. Nor Pele's. Would he come in for Tostao? For Jairzinho? There wouldn't even be room in midfield for him."
Not stopping there, though, Gerson even suggested it would be difficult to even find a place among the substitutes in Mario Zagallo's side for Neymar.
"We had Caju, too, an enormous talent," he added. "He played a lot in midfield or as a No. 10. He was pure talent. He was brilliant wherever you put him -- and he was a substitute.
"So I don't even know if Neymar would have a place on the bench in that team."
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I assume the question was about an all- time Brazil 11. I don't think Neymar would make it either. He has had no real success internstionally, which is the the only measure a Brazillian will care about. Even if he might very well be more talented, how do you give him a spot over Ronaldo, Pele, Romario, Garrincha, Rivaldo or Ronaldinho? I'm probably forgetting a few, too.
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Originally Posted by Azrael
I assume the question was about an all- time Brazil 11. I don't think Neymar would make it either. He has had no real success internstionally, which is the the only measure a Brazillian will care about.
I genuinely think that if current Neymar was transported back to 1970 he would be the best player in the world by miles, yes, including Pele. the difference in fitness, pace of the game, physical prowess and sports science means that comparing 70s to now is like comparing amateur football to pros.
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