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Is Santos’ new striker Gabigol better than Neymar?

17-year-old Gabriel Barbosa could be destined for great things
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The Peixe’s latest star is fast-becoming a fan's favourite at the Vila Belmiro and it’s not hard to see why. Gabigol’s record is rivalling that of current Barcelona star Neymar.

The player that scored the club’s 12,000th goal prefers not to be compared to the star of the Seleção but hopes to continue pleasing Santos manager Oswaldo de Oliveira, for whom he’s been a first-choice in the first five of the club’s games this season.

After 20 games with Santos, the 17-year-old has scored six goals, two more than Neymar had after the same number of games. With Gabigol in the side, Santos have won nine, drawn five and lost six compared to eight wins, seven draws and five defeats when Neymar played.

But the new star doesn’t think much of the comparisons.

“Neymar is unique, he is a genius. I’m a boy, I have a lot to learn. To be compared with him is an honour but Gabriel is Gabriel and Neymar is Neymar. It’s impossible to be as good as him.”


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