Neymar has been Selecao’s standout player as they progressed to the last 16, where they face Chile at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte tonight.
Messi, meanwhile, has dragged Argentina into the last 16 as well, and they come up against Switzerland on Tuesday.
And Silva, Brazil’s captain, believes Neymar has all the capabilities to match his Argentinean counterpart.
“Messi is one of the best strikers in the world, one of the very best players,” Silva says. “But Neymar is growing into a crescendo and he will be soon considered one of the best in the world.
“Technically, he has all the skills. Messi is one of the best of all, but I’m sure Neymar will get to that level.”