Barton on Drive: ‘Who’s improved dramatically – Neymar or Justin Bieber?!’

first_imgJoey Barton has spoken about his comparison between world-famous stars Justin Bieber and Barcelona’s Neymar.The Burnley midfielder famously tweeted in 2013: ‘Neymar is the Justin Bieber of football. Brilliant on the old You Tube. Cat p*** in reality.’But Brazilian star Neymar has stepped up his performances in the last 12 months, coming third in January’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The 24-year-old is now a key part of the Blaugrana’s dangerous ‘MSN’ front three and has 23 goals in 35 appearances for club and country this term.Similarly, Canadian pop star Bieber has also gained fans in the last 12 months following the release of his new album.When asked about his comments nearly three years on, Barton told Drive: “Who’s improved dramatically – Neymar or Bieber?! There’s an argument for both.“He’s definitely improved, Neymar, without a shadow of a doubt. He’s got better.“If you take into context what I said: I was saying not at the level of Messi or Ronaldo. I don’t think anybody who is of sane mind would say that he is.“Obviously, as I have a habit of doing, I just try to make fun of situations and obviously the Justin Bieber-Neymar call was a bit tongue in cheek.“Do I think he is capable of getting to that level? Well he is certainly improving, but will he be better than Messi in time? No I don’t [think so] is the honest answer.“I also said something similar about Alexis Sanchez when he signed for Arsenal, about him being slightly inconsistent and whilst everyone was getting carried away with him I didn’t think he would be the piece in the jigsaw that took Arsenal on to be league champions – ironically this season they have a good chance of doing that.”last_img read more