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Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo on same level, says Ronaldinho

La Liga By: Olakunle Brown | 16/03/2017

Neymar and Ronaldinho share a smileRonaldinho and Neymar share a healthy smile on duty for Brazil

Brazil football legend, Ronaldinho has claimed that countryman Neymar is at par with Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neymar has helped the Catalan club to win two LaLiga titles and a Champions League, among other trophies since he joined the club.

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The 25-year-old has formed an awesome partnership with Messi and Suarez at Barcelona and tagged ‘MSN’ they are referred to as the deadliest trio in world football today.

However, Messi and Ronaldo are regarded as the greatest players in their generation having won nine Ballon D’Or titles between them but Ronaldinho is adamant that Neymar can be placed alongside the two and tipped him to win the Ballon D’Or in the nearest future.

"Neymar is a close friend and he is Brazil's greatest idol today," Ronaldinho said in Dubai on Wednesday, via the Gulf News.

"He's already at the same level as Ronaldo and Messi and we truly hope that one day he can get the Ballon d'Or and continue his success, but he's already amongst the top and it's just a matter of time."

Ronaldinho helped Barcelona to two league titles and the Champions League in 2006 and they were described as a phenomenal team but he was unwilling to make comparisons with the current team.

"I never like comparisons, we were a great team with great players and individuals, and today's side also has a great team with great players and individuals," Ronaldinho said.

"I was successful, my team was successful and we won a lot of trophies and today's Barca side are the same, they are also very successful, so I want to wish the best to them. I don't like comparisons, I just know we should continue."