Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar birthday brothers
Maybe you haven’t heard of but Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar they both share the same birthday date 05.02
This is not the only thing they have in common, they both play the same positions, have more less similar performances, have the same lavish lifestyle and speak the same mother tongue.
It would be interesting to see how they both played at the same age.
Cristiano Ronaldo Performances
Bearing in mind that Cristiano Ronaldo just turned 33, and Neymar 26, I will compare their performances at 25 years of age.
For Cristiano Ronaldo this would be season 2010/2011, the source of the data is Whoscored.com
Cristiano Ronaldo Performances 2010/2011:
Appearances in La Liga: 34,
Goals Scored: 40,
Goals per Game: 1.18
On Target Shots:102
Total Shots Accuracy: 40.80%,
Goal Conversion: 39.22% of On Target Shots were converted to goals.
As a base for this comparison I will take this season even though it’s not even close to over, but will add the previous season in the comparison as well.
Neymar Performances 2017/2018:
Appearances in Ligue 1: 18,
Goals Scored: 18,
Goals per Game: 1
On Target Shots:37
Total Shots Accuracy: 45.12%,
Goal Conversion: 48.65% of On Target Shots were converted to goals.
Neymar Performances 2016/2017:
Appearances in La Liga: 30,
Goals Scored: 18,
Goals per Game: 0.43
On Target Shots:42
Total Shots Accuracy: 40%,
Goal Conversion: 30.95% of On Target Shots were converted to goals.
The transfer value for both players at same age – 25 was the similar Cristiano Ronaldo 90 mil. Euro compared to 100 mil. Euro.
As a conclusion…
The performances of both players are more less equal, it is evident that Neymar has made a lot of progress since he moved from Leo Messi shadow, I believe that he will push his performance even further, the time is on his side.
He is the player that made a huge impact in the football history – Cristiano Ronaldo, and he is a player that will mark the football future – Neymar.
There are only superlatives to be said for CR, as for Neymar, his pace and dribbling skills will be beneficial for any team, leave aside his marketing potential which is HUGE.
Maybe, Real Madrid should consider Neymar as a successor of their legend Cristiano Ronaldo.