Thursday, 7th February, 2013
Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has declared Brazilian sensation Neymar to be overrated.
Barton, who was sent off last weekend for Marseille against Nancy, believes that Neymar should not command a fee in the £40M to £50M bracket, and does not think he bears comparison with Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I wouldn’t pay the £40-50 million there [sic] asking for Neymar. Not a chance", the 30-year-old wrote on his Twitter account.
And Barton also declared: "This Neymar fella is massively overrated. Not in the same street as Messi or Ronaldo."
Neymar clocked up 90 minutes against England in a friendly at Wembley last night, which the Selecao lost against the Three Lions.
Goals from Wayne Rooney (27th minute) and Frank Lampard (60th minute) could only be answered by a strike from Fred (48th minute) as Brazil went down 2-1.
Brazil did miss a penalty however, with veteran schemer Ronaldinho seeing his shot stopped by England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
It was England’s first win over Brazil for 23 years.
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