Sun 25 September 2022 | 14:26

Kaka: "My favorite player? I love how Neymar plays"

Brazil icon Kaka has declared Neymar his favorite modern-day player, claiming that Neymar won't feel any pressure at the World Cup in Qatar.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca,


was asked to name his favorite player. He picked


right away. At the last World Cup in 2018, the star player for Paris Saint-Germain carried the hopes of a whole country on his shoulders.

However, his countryman says he won't have to deal with that pressure in


because Tite is bringing up a new crop of talent, which includes Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid. 

"I don't know if it's because we have a great personal relationship but I love how Neymar plays,"

Kaka said

. "Of course I like to see others like [Kylian] Mbappe, [Lionel] Messi, Cristiano [Ronaldo] or Vinicius himself but I'll stick with 'Ney.'"

The former playmaker for Brazil and Real Madrid said this about Neymar's role in the World Cup: 

"Neymar is going to be the leader of Brazil in Qatar 2022 but it is very important that he has players like Vinicius at his side. In the 2018 World Cup, 'Ney' was the absolute protagonist but now we have 'Vini,' Raphinha,


, Antony... who are not young promises but realities. This takes some pressure off Neymar, something that is very favourable for our interests."

Kaka also talked about how much he likes


, who plays with Vinicius for both

Real Madrid



. He thinks the 21-year-old is a must-have for Tite in Qatar.

"Well, he's phenomenal. There is still discussion in Brazil if he should go to the World Cup and I am clear that he has to be on the list,"

he said about Rodrygo

. "I myself went to a World Cup when I was 20 years old and had not yet left Brazil while he is already a star at Real Madrid. It is also an experience that will come in handy for his professional growth." Neymar has helped score 21 goals this season in just 12 games. The Brazilian has scored 11 goals and set up 10 more for both his club and his country.

On Tuesday, Tite's team plays Tunisia in a friendly international match at the Parc des Princes Stadium of PSG.

source: SportMob

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