No can surpass the Barcelona star, however his former team-mate can match one of his honours, in accordance to the retired midfielder.
Former Villarreal star Marcos Senna is convinced Barcelona legend Lionel Messi is the exceptional player in the world, however feels Neymar can start to win Ballon d’Or awards in the future.
Brazilian-born Senna, who made 28 appearances for Spain, enjoyed a different 11-year career at the Yellow Submarine, and played in opposition to Messi and Neymar at Barca on many occasions.
The 43-year-old feels there is not a player in the world that could presently surpass Messi’s ability, however says PSG star Neymar could claim football’s biggest individual gong in the future if his body stays fit.
“For me, [Messi is] the best in the world, individually,” Senna told Goal. “There’s no one better than him. He is the man.
“Neymar is a complete player. He is Ballon d’Or worthy, however he needs more luck due to the injuries.
“Lets see what happens now, I’m cheering for PSG in this Champions due to the fact for me, Neymar is Ballon d’Or worthy.”
Senna made 365 appearances for Villarreal, scoring 33 goals and creating sixteen assists.
With the Yellow Submarine sitting in eighth spot when La Liga was halted due to coronavirus, Senna thinks the team can qualify for Europe however admits it will hard to finish in fourth position to qualify for the Champions League.
“There’s 11 games to play and our hope is that Villarreal can start a good streak of victories because we nevertheless have possibilities of reaching a Europa League spot,” Senna said. “[Reaching the] Champions League is more difficult however it also can happen.”
Senna played 4 seasons with fellow Villarreal icon Santi Cazorla, who was struck down by persistent injuries at Arsenal in the prime of his career.
Cazorla’s recovery and successful return to the Estadio de la Ceramica was lauded by Senna, who praised the playmaker’s potential to bounce back from the brink.
“Santi virtually had two very tough years, however he was able to recover,” Senna added. “There had been loads of people who did not assume he could make it, however he could after all.
“Villarreal gave him the chance and he took it. He was great last year, he is a Villarreal legend. He is no longer only technically gifted, however additionally has tremendous charisma. I don’t know what is going to happen at the end of this season. But he’s helped us so far, constantly playing at the top level.
“I hope he can hold on physically and I hope he can remain at least one more year with us. It only relies upon on him and I’m certain he would love to stay.”