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Brazil: Kaka calls on Neymar to emulate Messi and Ronaldo at World Cup

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The Brazil legend hopes his countryman will prove his worth in the Qatar tournament.

Kaka believes Neymar can prove himself as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s “heir” by leading Brazil to victory in the World Cup.

The upcoming tournament will most likely see Messi and Ronaldo make their last World Cup appearances. But Kaka believes Neymar can finally steal the spotlight from the two icons by leading Brazil to victory.

“The different time in the calendar, the temperature, the lack of travel and the possibility to start recovering right away are all factors that will play a role. The champions will be in top shape in my mind,” he told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

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“In theory, it will be the last one for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I’m curious to see their impact. They will try to prove that they are still leaders.

“I’d like for Neymar to be anointed as their heir in this occasion considering his talent, and the person and player he has become.”

Brazil hope to claim their first World Cup title since 2002, with Kaka believing they have a good chance of materializing their dream.

“Brazil is the favourite because they have been working in on it for a long time. It was right to appoint Tite, and the group has the correct mix of youth and experience,” he added.

“The other top contenders are Argentina and France, while Serbia might be a surprise.”