Diego Maradona says Barcelona star Neymar deserves better press.
The Brazilian has had a difficult past year and it is now over 1,000 minutes since he last scored.
Nevertheless, the 56-year-old legend says Neymar remains in the top rung of players.
“Neymar is to fight with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for me he would have to be among the nominees for ‘The Best’. He deserves it and he had a great Olympic Games,” said Maradona.
“He’s doing things in Barcelona that remind me of Messi’s early years, and that means a lot. He’s a candidate for this award,” he added.