Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari: Neymar is not too young
New Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has stated that it’s not a problem that Santos sensation Neymar is the team’s biggest star at the tender age of 20.
The young forward has become one of the Seleção’s key men since making his debut in August 2010, regardless of having little experience at the highest level.
However, Scolari, who was appointed by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) last Thursday, is not too worried about Neymar's youthfulness and lack of experience.
He said: "I don’t see anything wrong with the fact that Neymar is our biggest star at the age of 20. Ronaldo used to be one of the leading figures in the Seleção, and he shone for Brazil when he was only 19 or 20.
"Pele too was only 17, and though he wasn’t a big name at the time he became one during that World Cup [in 1958].
"At the end of the day, it’s not a problem. Of course you need to have a lot of character and be very level-headed.
"What’s more, the young lad could be an icon in technical terms, but that doesn’t mean he has to be a leader within the squad too."
Neymar has made 27 senior appearances for Brazil to date, netting 17 goals in the process, and has already represented the Seleção at the Copa América and Olympic Games.