Neymar marked his 27th birthday in style on Monday, partying on bright red crutches with friends, family and other members of the Paris Saint-Germain squad.
And despite his foot injury, which is set to keep him out of upcoming clashes with Manchester United, the Brazil star has reason to celebrate.
Neymar has scored more goals, picked up more assists and won more trophies than Cristiano Ronaldo had at the same stage of his career. Both are born on February 5, seven years apart.
The 27-year-old is also the most expensive player in history following his £198million move from Barcelona back in August 2017.
In Spain, France, and his native Brazil Neymar has enjoyed trophy-laden spells, picking up 19 major titles including the Champions League and Club World Cup (twice).
Before his 27th birthday, Neymar had already made 469 appearances, netting a staggering 283 goals and amassing 178 assists.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, had played an incredible 532 games, picking up 272 goals, 107 assists and 10 trophies in that time.
He had also won one Ballon d’Or before turning 27, a personal accolade that still eludes Neymar. Now 34, Ronaldo shows little sign of slowing down as he continues to shine for both Juventus and Portugal.
His rival is setting the standard in Ligue 1 for PSG, too, and fans on social media can’t agree who is the better player.
‘Neymar came up at a time Ronaldo and Messi are (sic) in their primes so a lot of his achievements are being overlooked. The kids is legit,’ one wrote on Twitter.
‘There’s one massive difference, Ronaldo played in the best leagues on Earth since age 18,’ another responded.
One supporter, perhaps giving his allegiances away with the username @iCRonaldoTeam, insisted: ‘I’d take 27 year old Ronaldo over 27 (Neymar) ANY DAY!’
But another claimed Neymar’s ability to carry less star-studded teams made his achievements all the more impressive.
‘Ronaldo hasn’t played with slouches… Man U was stacked and Real was STACKEDDDDD for years,’ he said. ‘
‘Neymar has always had to do more for his team then Ronaldo has had to… not internationally but club wise.’