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Benaiges: Neymar proving himself to be Barcelona quality

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Neymar, Iniesta and Pirlo among Golden Ball nominees
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Neymar, Iniesta and Pirlo among Golden Ball nominees
Neymar has demonstrated through his performances at the Confederations Cup that he is Barcelona quality, according to former Barcelona academy director Albert Benaiges.

Benaiges insists the $75 million signing from Santos has been every bit as good as Andres Iniesta at the tournament and that the Brazilian has a bright future at Camp Nou.

“It will be hard to choose among Iniesta and Neymar as best player of the Confederations Cup,” Benaiges told La Xarxa. “Neymar is proving to be a Barca player."

The Samba star has lit up the competition with a stunning goal against Japan before following up with goals against Mexico and Italy to put him in contention for the Golden Boot while sealing a semifinal spot in the competition for Brazil.

“He is of high quality, scores goals, speaks very well and falls within the values and profile of the club," Benaiges said. "Maybe he has to find a new hairdresser, but I think he will be a good player for the club.”

Benagies also praised Iniesta, a La Masia academy product.

“He does what others are unable to do. He always surprises you, it is the football excellence within,” Benaiges said.

Spain's Jordi Alba scored a delightful double against Nigeria to book La Roja's place in the semifinal of the tournament, where they will face Italy, and Benaiges says it is no surprise what the former Valencia fullback has managed to achieve already in his career.

“What makes Jordi Alba so great is what he has already done. Jordi always has done this all his life. It is not surprising at all to see him score goals or provide assists," Benaiges said. “Both Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba are amazing, phenomenal, stunning players.”

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