Di Natale rates Alexis Sanchez over Neymar

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Udinese star Antonio Di Natale has voiced his admiration for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

Udinese star Antonio Di Natale has voiced his admiration for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

Udinese star Antonio Di Natale has voiced his admiration for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and feels he is a better player than Barcelona ace Neymar.

Neymar and Alexis played together at Barcelona in 2013-14 before the Catalans opted to cash in on the Chile international and bring in Luis Suarez from Liverpool.

Di Natale would have held on to his former team-mate, though, had he been in charge and has nothing but praise for the 26-year-old.

“Alexis and Neymar are both wonderful players, who play talismanic roles for top club sides,” he said.

“When you’re talking about players at that level, it’s always difficult to say who’s better. If I was a coach, I’d love to have both of them in my team.

“But if I had to choose one, I’d choose Alexis: because he’s a little more ‘concrete’ than the Brazilian.

“Alexis is the best team-mate I had in my life. I’ve played with a lot of champions, but he is the best; and he’s proven it by performing for enormous clubs such as Barcelona and Arsenal.”

Alexis netted 16 goals in 35 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last season, but initially struggled to get going this term, with his hat-trick in the 5-2 win over Leicester City at the weekend representing his first goals of 2015-16.

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