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Jorge Jesus highlights main reason why Neymar isn't on Cristiano Ronaldo's level

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Flamengo manager Jorge Jesus believes Neymar must become smarter on the field if he is to reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jesus, a Portuguese coach who previously bossed Benfica and Sporting CP, one of Ronaldo's former clubs, has called on Neymar to change his approach if he wants to match the Juventus (opens in new tab) forward.

And Jesus believes Ronaldo is an example to every aspiring footballer in the world.

"For me, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best," he told Globo Esporte (opens in new tab). "I don't have any doubts about that. He doesn't score 10 or 20 goals but 30, 40 or 50.

"He doesn't need to be as 'artistic' as [Lionel] Messi. Everyone needs to look at Ronaldo. Not just for his quality but for how he is as a professional, how he reached the level he's at. It should be a lesson to any child who wants to play football.

"[Neymar] needs to change the way he thinks or he won't get to that level. If what you have away from the game is more important than perfecting your own play, you'll never become the best. That's what Ronaldo has, the passion (to succeed). That's the difference."

Neymar made his first appearance of 2019/20 in Brazil's 2-2 draw with Colombia on Saturday.

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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).