Barcelona forward Neymar deserves to be crowned the best footballer in the world, according to Brazilian great Rivaldo.
Neymar has taken La Liga by storm this season, scoring 11 goals in 10 league matches as Barcelona top the table.
The pick of Neymar's goals came last week, when he produced a sublime flick and volley to lead Barca to a 3-0 win Villarreal.
His performances have earned the praise of former Barcelona and Brazil international midfielder Rivaldo, who has backed the 23-year-old national team captain for the Ballon d'Or.
"I would like to say that it has been good to see Neymar playing for Barcelona, and especially with the number 11 shirt, which I know very well," Rivaldo, who played for Barcelona between 1997 and 2002 and won the Ballon d'Or in 1999, wrote on Instagram.
"I do not know who will be 2015 best player in the world, but in my humble opinion, respecting Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi and others, Neymar deserves to be the best in the world,” the World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002 said.