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Monaco star Cesc Fabregas has made a bold claim that Neymar possesses the "qualities at the level of Ronaldinho."
Neymar, 28, left Barcelona in 2017 after completing a sensational world-record £200m move to Paris Saint-Germain.
But the Brazilian winger's future has been in doubt for some time and is under intense speculation over a potential stunning return to Barca.
Fabregas, 33, admitted that he is a big admirer of Neymar and drew an interesting comparison with Brazilian legend Ronaldinho.
The Monaco midfielder explained during an Instagram Live session: "Neymar is an outlier, he has qualities at the level of Ronaldinho.
"He is a superstar that makes the difference when he wants. It's been a while since I played with him and he recently killed us in two games with PSG.
"[Lionel Messi], Luis [Suarez] and the rest liked having him in the team because at any moment he could give you an assist or dribble, something that is difficult in an evenly matched game."
Neymar has been heavily criticised for his attitude for club and country, both on the pitch and off it.
However, Fabregas has dismissed criticism directed towards Neymar on his behaviour and insisted that he is a "good kid."
The former Arsenal and Chelsea star said: "He has everything to be the best.
"Off the pitch, he is a very good kid. He is like a child; he is always happy and enjoys life."
Fabregas signed for Barcelona in 2011 after eight years with the Gunners and spent three seasons at the Camp Nou.
The Spanish World Cup winner suggested that his exit from Barca was determined on his former side missing out on the league title to Atletico Madrid.
"[My departure was] determined by the match against Atletico," Fabregas admitted.
"At that time, I became a starter with Tata [Martino]. At the time I was playing the most in my career, almost 60 games in a year.
"I earn the place [in the line-up], Xavi does not play and we lose the league [title] after winning, and we have a goal ruled out for offside without me participating in the play at any time.
"Everything could have changed for me to stay, but for small details: we lost La Liga at the Camp Nou and I had it in my head to move on."
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