Marquinhos, the Paris Saint-Germain defender, has said that he believes his teammate Julian Draxler to be a more gifted player than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Talking to the Journal du Dimanche, the Brazilian international said that facing Draxler left a bigger impression on him than other big name players.
In the interview he said, “I have faced the three current greats, Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar, but in purely technical terms, it is Julian who impressed me the most. Even if he does not have the same speed as the other three, he eliminates his opponents through his control, his touches on the ball and his intelligence of the game.”
He also mentioned midfielder Marco Verratti as another player who he thinks is highly talented.
However, Marquinhos said that before they became teammates both domestically and international, his most featured opponent was Neymar.
“The one I fear most? My bete noire is Neymar,” he said. “He always has a solution, when you go one way, he goes the other, when you get close to him, he moves away. [Neymar] anticipates things and changes ideas in a fraction of a second. He almost has too many strings for his bow, he is so fast. On top of that, we are up against each other every single day now!”
However, he said that working with Neymar is a pleasure as it gives him the opportunity to go up against him in training as well as Di Maria, Lucas Moura, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Draxler, added that, “Sometimes it is more difficult than the actual games!”
PSG are currently clear at the top of the League 1 table and domestically remain undefeated this season, next week they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League.