Ney­mar is go­ing to be great­est hails Ce­sar

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By HARRY PRATT

NEY­MAR is ready to lead Brazil to World Cup glory – and be­come the great­est footballer on the planet.

That is the mes­sage from vet­eran Brazil keeper Julio Ce­sar ahead of his coun­try’s friendly clash with Eng­land at Wem­b­ley on Tues­day.

Al­though the ex-QPR star, 38, ad­mits Ar­gentina ace Lionel Messi re­mains the best of the lot, he reck­ons Ney­mar, 25 (below) is close to tak­ing his crown.

And he be­lieves the for­mer Barcelona for­ward’s rise to the top could co­in­cide with Brazil, now man­aged by Tite, con­quer­ing all in Rus­sia next sum­mer.

Ben­fica stop­per Ce­sar, capped 87 times, said: “Brazil have a very good chance of win­ning the World Cup.

“We have a coach who is do­ing a great job.

“And for me, Ney­mar is the best player in the world to­day. Messi? I said the world – Messi is from an­other planet!

“But I think this is Ney­mar’s mo­ment. The whole world is fol­low­ing him. Even peo­ple who don’t fol­low foot­ball are in­ter­ested in Ney­mar.

“They ad­mire him, not only for what he does on the pitch but for how he car­ries him­self off it. I’ve got a lot of re­spect for him.”

Brazil will have a num­ber of Premier League faces on show this week – in­clud­ing Manch­ester City’s new keeper Eder­son.

The £35m sum­mer sign­ing from Ben­fica has been su­perb for Pep Guardiola’s un­beaten out­fit this sea­son – and Ce­sar is more than happy with his suc­ces­sor on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

He added: “Eder­son is a goal­keeper who is im­prov­ing all the time. He’s ready to play in the World Cup.

“He’s got all the in­gre­di­ents to be the best keeper in the world.”

HIGH PRAISE: Julio Ce­sar ■ FIRST TOUCH: James Ward-Prowse got a taste of in­ter­na­tional foot­ball in Dortmund friendly ■ RASH HOUR: Mar­cus Rash­ford in ac­tion against Spain ■ HEAD START: Michael Keane made his de­but against Ger­many in March ■ NEW...

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