Barcelona star Neymar has praised the “great” quality of Juventus, despite beating the Italian champions 3-1 in Saturday’s Champions League final. The Bianconeri pushed the Catalans close for much of the clash in Berlin, with Alvaro Morata equalising 10 minutes into the second half after Ivan Rakitic’s fourth-minute opener. However, Luis Suarez and Neymar saw off any shock result in the Scudetto and Coppa Italia holders’ favour with goals in the final third of the game, securing a treble for Barca.
Neymar, who netted the final goal with the last kick of the game deep into second-half stoppage-time, was jubilant with how the Liga and Copa del Rey champions added a third trophy to their collection in 2014-15.
“Juventus are a great team with great players,” he told Sky Sport. “We played our game, though, and in the end we came out winners. “I’d like to thank first of all the team and the coach. This triumph is also dedicated to all of our families.” After a brief breather to celebrate the Champions League triumph, Neymar will link up with Dunga’s Brazil squad as they compete in this summer’s Copa America in Chile.
The 23-year-old was one of the stars of the World Cup in Brazil last year until his injury ruled him out for the remainder of the tournament at the quarter-final stage. Neymar bounced back this campaign to record 39 goals in 50 games for Barca and, in the process, become the first-ever player to score and win in Champions League and Copa Libertadores finals.