His hat-trick saw him usurp Ronaldo as the Selecao’s second-highest scorer, with an incredible tally of 64 goals in just 103 games since making his debut in 2010.

Such a feat should not be belittled.

Neymar is the finest Brazilian of his generation, and one of the most talented players ever to come from a country whose football pedigree is the equal of any nation on the planet.

Coach Tite certainly had no hesitation in placing his star among the very best after seeing him pull his side out of a jam on Tuesday.

“Every generation has its own values. Ronaldo was extraordinary, Rivaldo was extraordinary, Romario and Bebeto too, each one in his own time,” he told reporters.

“It is unfair to make comparisons. All I can say is that Neymar is very unpredictable. He’s a player that not only gives you assists but also goals, and with an ever larger level of maturity.”

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