Pelé believes that “faced with Neymar’s indecision about whether to go to England or Spain, the best option for him was Barcelona”. Talking about the differences between the Brazilian player and Messi, “They are different players that make everything look simple. Messi was trained in Europe from 14 or 15 years old and has more experience. Neymar’s style is different, both are very skilful and both make their team very strong”, he added.
For Pelé, Neymar’s joining Barça will give him considerable experience ahead of the World Cup. “European football is different to Brazilian football. They are stronger, they mark more closely, and that’s going to be Neymar’s biggest challenge”, he pointed out. Continue reading Pelé: “Neymar needs to get to Zidane’s level”
The Zidane dynasty is very much on the up. Enzo, Zizou’s oldest son, is following in his father’s golden footsteps and is set to represent Real Madrid’s under-18s (‘Juvenil A’) next season, the last waypoint before making the leap into senior football. The starlet, who just turned 18, is coming off a fine campaign in Fernando Morientes’ championship-winning under-17s (‘Juvenil B’).
Enzo has been a regular this season, acquitting himself equally well in the hole behind the strikers and in central midfield, where his old man shone in his halcyon days. The 18-year-old is all set for his tenth season at Valdebebas, having risen through the ranks and to the cusp of the big time – José Mourinho invited the youngster to train with the first team two years ago – purely on his own merit.
The starlet has superb technique, including the odd move reminiscent of his father, although it is pointless drawing comparisons at this stage. He possesses a wicked shot from long range and is also a real physical specimen, coming in at 6 feet 1½ and 75 kg, according to the club’s website.
When not in France completing his coaching badges, Zidane Sr. has barely missed a ‘Juvenil B’ game in which his chip off the old block has featured. It is worth remembering that Enzo’s younger brothers, Luca and Theo, are also on Real Madrid’s books.
This Wednesday, Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane have scheduled a key meeting to determine the future of Real Madrid sports. It not only define the powers of the former football great, but will address vital issues such as those relating to the preparation of the 2013-14 squad.
Florentino and Zidane will see each other to shape the new Madrid design. The plan will slightly revolve around the figure of the mythical former Madrid footballer whose role remains to be defined. The club sees him more in an office role, while Zizou prefers being closer to the pitch, especially if, as it appears, Carlo Ancelotti is the man chosen to lead the Madrid squad.
The team is still taking shape. The base of the team will still focus on Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are still missing the details which will enable Madrid to once again contend for all the titles.. On the table are names such as Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Cavani to strengthen the attack.
The extra responsibilities Zinedine Zidane will take on at Real Madrid, when Florentino Pérez decides to call on him, will be nothing new for the Frenchman. Zidane has already advised the Real president in the past – as was the case with the signing of Raphaël Varane, who was recommended by the club legend – and it seems his advice was spot on.
Zidane has also been acting as a club scout this season and is closely monitoring Gareth Bale, one of Real’s summer transfer targets. The former France international went to see the Welshman in the Europa League tie between Lyon and Tottenham. It seems Zidane is impressed by Bale and believes he would make a useful addition to the Madrid squad.