Felipão: Neymar’s experience in Spain “will come in handy for Brazil” at the World Cup
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes a season in Spain will be beneficial for Neymar ahead of the World Cup.
“It was a big decision to leave Brazil and go to play in Spain,” said Felipão, as reported by Football Espana.
“There he is already considered one of the best in the world, something which we already knew when he was playing here.
“Besides, they have a different style and he is learning from the other players. Things have changed and in the World Cup it will come in handy for Brazil.”
Neymar, who has been capped 45 times by Brazil, was instrumental in June’s Confederations Cup triumph. The 21 year-old’s contribution earned him the Golden Ball - award for best player at the tournament.
Across 2013, he has netted ten goals for the Seleção, more than any other player. Scolari insists, however, that Brazil are more than Neymar.
“Are Brazil reliant on Neymar? No,” he continued. “There is no doubt that he is a star, one of the biggest, one of the best, but we have other players that are also important.”
Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos in June for €57 million. He has made eleven appearances, scoring four goals.