If the World Cup has brought out any one thing in the TV commentators (besides Jonathon Pearce’s inability to comprehend Goal-Line technology), it would be the call-back to great players past.
Whether it’s Miroslav Klose’s equaling of Ronaldo’s goals-scored tally, Messi perhaps single-handedly dragging Argentina through to the knock-out stages in shades of Maradona or – as was inevitable at a tournament in Brazil – could Neymar be the ‘new’ Pele, there’s no shortage of parallels to be drawn between the stars of now and yesteryear.
But none have captured more imagination than perhaps Neymar and Pele. The two Brazilian No. 10’s might not be comparable in terms of appearances, trophies and goals just yet, but the stylish Neymar has certainly got people wondering whether he has it in him to go the distance in 2014.
To pit the two head to head, our friends at Kitbag.com have created an infographic that compares the two Samba stars – with a hefty focus on the football boots and gear the two players wear to see how far football boots and kits have come in the last forty years…