El Shaarawy: Neymar is the best player in the world
AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy has declared that Neymar is the best player in the world at the moment.
The Italian has praised the Seleção star as well as revealing new teammate Kaka was one of his idols as a boy.
Regular winner Lionel Messi along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery are seen as the favourites to win this year's Fifa Ballon d'Or, but El Shaarawy believes Neymar is even better than these three in the current game, reports Goal.com.
El Shaarawy told reporters: "I'd say Neymar is the best player in the world at the moment.
"I played against him in Geneva with Italy back in March and he was simply incredible on the ball."
The 21-year-old then went on to voice his admiration for the returning Kaka - who recently completed his return to Milan after a four-year spell at Real Madrid.
He added: "I had a number of idols. It was great to see players such as Kaka and Del Piero week after week. Totti was another of my biggest idols. It's crazy to be playing against him now."