Neymar has been backed to ‘take over’ from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (Picture: Getty)

Brazil superstar Neymar has been backed to ‘take over’ from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the best player in the world by former Arsenal and PSG manager Unai Emery.

Neymar started his career at Brazilian club Santos before moving to Barcelona in 2013 and winning two La Liga titles and the Champions League at the Nou Camp.

The forward made a surprising move to PSG three years ago and has continued to impress in the French capital, scoring 69 goals in 80 matches and winning three successive league titles.

Emery insists it was ‘magnificent’ working with Neymar while he was in charge of PSG and says the Brazilian can take over from Ronaldo and Messi as the best player on the planet.

Ronaldo and Messi are two of the best players in the history of the game and have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or awards.

‘The year I was with him [Neymar] was magnificent,’ former Arsenal and PSG manager Emery told Marca.

Former Arsenal and PSG manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)

‘I learned a lot from seeing his answers in each training session and in the matches.

‘Neymar has football inside, but also the faculties and the conditions to execute it.

‘I think he is facing the opportunity to take over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the best player in the world, and he has time to do it.’

Emery won a number of trophies at PSG but struggled at Premier League club Arsenal and was sacked after just 16 months in charge. The Spaniard has been out of work since his axing in November 2019.

On Thursday, Neymar’s PSG were awarded the Ligue 1 title after it was announced the season would not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic.

PSG were 12 points clear at the top of the table when French football was suspended indefinitely on March 13.

The club said in a statement that they wished to dedicate the title ‘to healthcare staff and all the everyday heroes on the front line’.

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