Confederations Cup: The new Pele? Not yet, but Neymar lives up to hype

Pele may have set the bar impossibly high - one thing Neymar can never do is win a World Cup winners medal at the age of 17 - at that age he was just breaking into the side at Santos, Pele's old club. And he also was unable to help the auriverde break their Olympic duck at last year's London games.

updated: July 01, 2013 10:29 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: It could be the legend truly began here. Brazilian starlet Neymar has had to put up with the billing "the next Pele" almost since he made his debut for his country in 2010 in the unlikely surroundings of East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Needless to say, the man born Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, scored and, in a country which demands footballing heros, expectations soared.

"We played even better than expected," beamed Neymar after Sunday's Confederations Cup demolition job on world champions Spain.

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