I, for one, am glad someone finally had the guts to say it: Alexis Sánchez is better than Neymar.
Yes, that’s right. And I have Antonio Di Natale, two-time winner of the Italian Golden Boot and all-around classy old-school soccer star, on my side. The Udinese captain said he’d choose Alexis over Neymar because the Arsenal star is “more concrete.”
You really going to argue with Di Natale there?
The 37-year-old veteran has experience on his side, having played professionally for nearly 20 years. In the Italy shirt, he’s played alongside the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti, but neither measures up to Alexis, it seems. Di Natale calls the Chilean “the best partner I had in my life.”
His wife will be pleased to hear it.
It’s not surprising that Di Natale is reminiscing about the good ol’ days when Sánchez played in bianconeri. Before he left for Barcelona, Udinese qualified for the Champions League playoffs, but without Alexis, was unable to progress. The club’s since gone into a bit of a tailspin, finishing 13th last season and currently sits in the same position.
Barcelona, Di Natale seems to be implying, has made the same mistake. Sure, the team’s still competing in the Champions League and is currently top of La Liga, but that’s just luck. With Sánchez, the world is Barcelona’s oyster. Like Di Natale, he will only get finer with time, probably going on to collect Golden Boots after the age of 30. Meanwhile, Neymar will sink into a puddle of obscurity, forever overshadowed by Lionel Messi.
Poor choice, Barça. Plus, you’ve lost an exceedingly talented showman with the ability to sell himself in the most appealing of ways. And c’mon, Neymar doesn’t have those sorts of talents.