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According to the Stats, Neymar and Messi Have Performed Similarly

06/29/2018 - 13h14

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DANIEL MARIANI
GUILHERME MAGALHÃES
RAPHAEL HERNANDES

SÃO PAULO

Neymar hasn't had a spectacular performance in a World Cup game yet. However, when it comes to the statistics, the athlete's numbers stand out. Neymar is the player who has dribbled the most, shot on goal the most and suffered the most fouls in the Russia World Cup so far.

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Brazil's Neymar holds the ball during a training session, in Sochi, Russia
Brazil's Neymar holds the ball during a training session, in Sochi, Russia

Messi's numbers are similar. Even though he doesn't lead in any of the categories analysed by Folha, he does appear among the top three when it comes to shots on goal, most dribbles and turnovers - alongside Neymar in all three cases.

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Argentina's forward Lionel Messi
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo - who has scored 4 goals and is in second place in terms of the competition's leading goal scorers, behind Harry Kane, who has scored 5 - reached the impressive mark of 34km/h, the highest speed for a soccer player in the 2018 World Cup.

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Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Fastest runner

1º Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 34 km/h

2º Advíncula (Peru) 33,8 km/h

3º Rybus (Poland) 33,3 km/h

Long distance shots on goal

1º Godín (Uruguay) 54,1 m

2º Khazri (Tunisia) 51,1 m

3º Yotún (Peru) 49,8 m

Long distance goals

1º Kolarov (Serbia) 30,4 m

2º Xhaka (Switzerland) 27,6 m

3º Quintero (Colombia) 26,6 m

Shots on goal

1º Neymar (Brazil) 16

2º Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Kroos (Germany) 15

3º Messi (Argentina) 14

Fouls committed

1º Dzyuba (Russia) 11

2º Rebic (Croatia) 10

3º Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia) 9

Fouls suffered

1º Neymar (Brazil) 17

2º Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 13

3º Kimmich (Germany) 12

Turnovers

1º Neymar (Brazil) 18

2º Messi (Argentina) 14

3º Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia) 12

Most dribbles

1º Neymar (Brazil) 29

2º Messi (Argentina) 27

3º isco (Spain) 21

Most crosses

1º Kimmich (Germany) 31

2º Isco (Spain) 24

3º Neymar (Brazil) 21

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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