Vinicius Jr is the hot topic of this generation as he has big gaps to fill and responsibilities on his shoulder as fans look to him as the next Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid. The player has the potential to be among the greatest if he performs well in the coming years. Although the first few years were not that successful now there is no competition for Vinicius in La Liga.

A long time ago a player from the same country was balling in Brazil’s club Santos FC where he was signed to FC Barcelona and after that everything was pure magic. Both these players possess exceptional skills and sturdy will that none can break. The second player is none other than the PSG player Neymar Jr.

1: Player Stats

Neymar Jr was in his prime in 2015 when FC Barcelona was indestructible and the trio of Messi-Suarez-Neymar (MSN) were dominating the football world. It was one of the best seasons in the history of Barcelona and the player too. During his time at Barcelona, the player displayed astonishing skills and tricks on the field making him a fan favourite. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr is much young and has yet to achieve a lot in his career, we can even say that he has not even reached his prime which in the case of Neymar has happened. 

Comparing based on the best seasons of Vinicius and Neymar

Head-to-Head:

 Vinicius 2021/22Neymar 2015/16
Matches3534
Goals1724
Assists1012
Shots80124

Passes

12551833
Pass %86%81%

2: Titles Won

Vinicius enjoyed great glory in the previous season with Real Madrid as he helped them win the La Liga, the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup. These are titles in which there is his major contribution and he needs to get the credit he deserves. While in the case of Neymar he has tons of trophies under his belt, especially after his move to PSG

The ex-Barca player Neymar has won more than 25 titles in his career while Vini Jr has only 7 until now. We should also consider a fun fact that Neymar did not win half as titles as Vinicius when he was his age, the major part of his glory came after he reached 24 years of age. 

The way things stand Neymar is ahead of the future and we cannot predict a similar or better future for Vinicius at this moment. However, the chances of Vinicius getting ahead of Neymar is very high as he is already ahead of him if we compare him by age and if he joins PSG too he can be much ahead of Neymar in terms of titles.

 
TitlesVinicius Neymar

Champions League

11
La Liga22
Ligue 1N/A4
UEFA Super Cup11
Spanish Super Cup21
FIFA Club World Cup11
French Super CupN/A4
Others011

3: International Career

The two great talents share the same stage and play for the same banner. It is astonishing how Brazil has given the world so many talented and skilful players over the years, there is something in the Brazilian genes that make them better than others.

The young Brazilian national Vinicius has brought victory for his country, especially in the youth team (U-20, U-17 and U-15). The player won the South American Championship twice with the youth squad and was the highest scorer for them in 2017.

Vini is expected to make more appearances for them as he is starting to form good chemistry with his Brazilian including Neymar Jr. 

We cannot compare two players who play for the same country irrespective of their prime or not, we respect each country in this world. In this category, we can conclude it as a tie.

4: Personal Life

The PSG winger Neymar Jr is a man who is living his life in the best ways possible. He loves to play poker, video games, dance, perform in ads/movies and have tattoos. When you are at the level of Neymar money is not the problem and it isn’t for him and so he can do whatever he likes. 

Vinicius is just 22 years old and is yet to see a lot of things in life and be a part of big controversies. The player is a fan of Neymar and would love to follow his steps. At this moment he is just focused on his career and maybe later he can follow his idol indulging in the riches.

5: Individual Honours

It is suggested by all the pundits of English football that the best way to compare two players is to compare their glories. If a player is genuinely good then he will surely be rewarded for his performance.

Individual Honours Of Neymar:

  • Chuteira de Ouro: 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Player: 2011
  • World Soccer Young Player of the Year: 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2011
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2011
  • Bola de Ouro Hors Concours: 2012
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Dream Team: 2013
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
  • Samba Gold: 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2014–15, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • La Liga Best World Player: 2014–15
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2017–18
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2015, 2020
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: 2015, 2017
  • IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2017
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2017–18
  • IFFHS CONMEBOL Team of the Decade: 2011–2020
  • Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2021

Honours of Vinicius Jr

  • Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior Best Left-Winger: 2017
  • South American U-17 Championship Best Player: 2017
  • UEFA Champions League Team Of The Season: 2021-22
  • UEFA Champions League Young Player of the Season: 2021-22
  • La Liga Team Of the Season: 2021-22

Is Vinicius better than Neymar? 

Neymar Jr is way ahead of Vinicius Jr in current times given he is almost 8 years older than him. There is no comparison between them, but we can compare the Prime Neymar and the best season of Vinicius Jr. It’s a fact that young Neymar was much more talented and skilful than Vinicius.

There is a lot to catch up for Vinicius Jr to make a difference and be ahead of his idol. If he wins a major title with his country or wins the Ballon D’or then at the end of his career maybe he can be ahead of Neymar.

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