The international player from Brazil is currently happy to see himself sitting behind the two remarkable talents of global football as he is now focussed on winning collective honours.
Football news: Messi and Ronaldo are from another planet, says Neymar
The superstar from Paris Saint-Germain believes that he is the best in the world as he believes that the multiple Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are entirely from a different planet.
Neymar, who will be leading Brazil in the 2018 World Cup, is considered to be the next Ballon d’Or winner as he had finished third in line in both the previous two occasions.
However Neymar believes that it is somewhat of an impossible task to end the reign of either Messi or Ronaldo and win the prized trophy for himself.
Messi and Ronaldo has set the bar for individual excellence to such a great height that the 26-year-old South American footballer believes that it is difficult to reach those heights and he will be happy to remain the best of the rest football players.
In an interview to Brazilian YouTube channel Desimpedidos, Neymar said, "The two who are above all others right now are Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.
"For all modesty, today I am the best player in the world — because they are from another planet."
While he jokes about being at the top of the world standings at present, he also insisted that he never stresses on individual honours.
Although he has tasted success with Barcelona and PSG, he insists on collective trophy win with his country. With Brazil as one of the favourites in the 2018 World Cup, Neymar is determined to play a vital role in that quest.
He added: "I don't want to be the best player in the world, I want to win the World Cup.
"Winning the trophy would make myself, my family and my country so happy."
Brazil are set to face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in the group stage, and all the opposition will target Neymar undoubtedly.
He is desperate to make a comeback as he was on the receiving end of harsh treatment in the 2014 World Cup on home soil which led to his injury-enforced departure.
"Kicking and tackling are not my job," said Neymar.
"If I get kicked, I will keep dribbling and the opposition will get frustrated.
"If I'm on edge, I will calm myself down. I won't give the referee any chances to send me off."
He also spoke about the challenge from Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga which left him nursing a back complaint during a quarter-final clash four years ago.
"This time I will try not to get myself into a similar position.
"Other than being older, I am more prepared than four years ago."