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There is a difference between being a winner and being a legend. Some players will always stand the test of time because they not only knew how to be great athletes, but also because they were known for how they carried themselves in life.
Messi may be one of the best winners in football history. But what sets the four-time Ballon d’Or winner apart from others is how he wins and how he has become the best.
Neymar is already one of the most talented players of his generation and probably the best 21-year-old on the planet. But that will not make him great.
What Neymar will learn from Messi is how to be a great player and what it means to be a winner. It always requires maturity, but that is something that Messi will instill into his Brazilian protege.
Neymar is in a wonderful place for his career. He is already extremely talented, but he is also lucky enough to take his game to the next level by learning from Messi every day. If the former Santos man can learn and apply what Messi will teach him, then the sky really is the limit on his career.
What will Neymar learn from Messi? What is the most important lesson? Will Messi learn from Neymar as well? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
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