Neymar is already one of the most sought after players on the planet and a mainstay of the Brazilian national side, so comparisons between the 20-year-old and Argentine forward Lionel Messi were always going to be inevitable.
Known for his outlandish hairstyles, speed, dribbling and finishing, Neymar was named South American player of the year and selected in the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or trophy in 2011 and 2012, and won the FIFA Puskas prize for the best goal of 2011.
Neymar has also achieved club success with Santos, having won the Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores, Campeonato Paulista and Recopa Sudamericana.
Hype surrounding the young star has sparked rumours of links with Barcelona, Real Madrid, both sides from Manchester and most recently Bayern Munich.
The speculation comes as clubs and fans eagerly await his seemingly inevitable move to Europe.
On the other side of the coin, based on current form Lionel Messi is almost undisputedly the best player in the world at present.