Former Barcelona player Deco has commented on Real Madrid's controversial game with Levante on Sunday, and defended his compatriot Pepe, who was at the centre of attention once again.
"Pepe has his own way of playing and his own characteristics. He is my friend, and I have played alongside him many times for the Portuguese national side," Deco told the radio station 'Esports COPE'.
The Fluminese player now plays in the same league as Brazilian sensation Neymar, who Barcelona have been heavily linked with, and declared that he believes the Santos forward deserves to be seen in the same light as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
"There is no doubt that Messi is the best player in the world, he does incredible things and keeps on breaking records," he added.
"I think Cristiano is as good as Messi, they are both phenomenal footballers, but in different ways. They are far and away the best footballers in the world.
"But what Neymar has been achieving recently is incredible, and for me he's in the same category as Messi and Cristiano. He's ready to go Europe."