Ferguson, however, thinks the 23-year old still has a long way to go and that Messi and Ronaldo have no competitor at the moment.
He spoke during an interview with SiriusXM FC radio station in New York.
“You’ll always look at clubs like Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United to produce that kind of player you’re talking about, but to be honest, I’m not sure there’s one sticking out at the moment,” Ferguson was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.
“The boy Neymar gets a lot of publicity about the potential he’s got, but I think that’s still to be seen, still to be fulfilled. Certainly, most people I speak to speak highly of the boy,” he added.
Ferguson himself has high hopes about the Brazil’s pin-up boy who already has 43 goals for his country.
“Hopefully he’ll be the next one who’ll produce the type of talent we see in Messi and Ronaldo.”
After moving from Santos to Barcelona last season, Neymar has been in good touch this season forming a lethal South American trio with Messi and Luis Suarez up front.