By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Neymar is one of the hottest properties in the world of football and has attracted the attention of the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona.
The Brazilian has superb technique and was the youngest nominee for this year's 23-man Ballon d'Or list.
Previously, the 20-year-old had declared that he would stay with his hometown club at least until the completion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With the sport's premier tournament slated to take place on home soil, many internationals such as Ronaldinho, Juan, Dida, Zé Roberto and Gilberto Silva have already joined Brazilian clubs in a bid to impress national coach Mario Menezes.
Ribeiro, however, believes that Neymar might even see out his career in Brazil and never feature for a European football club. Likening him to Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, Ribeiro believes that Neymar has the potential to become a true 'idol' and one of Brazil's most famous sons.
Senna is widely hailed as one of the best drivers in F1 history and won 41 races as well as three championships until his tragic demise at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
When questioned over the prospects of Neymar making the move to Europe in January, Ribeiro replied, "When I met the lawyers and his agent [over the summer], it was almost certain he would be sold to Chelsea but I left an empty seat in the meeting.
"I said that the last one that sat there was Ayrton Senna, the last Brazilian idol. And that Neymar could be the next one.
"Nowadays Neymar sits there and he needs to stay happy in the place where he is happy. I believe he will stay even beyond 2014."
A recent survey by Stochos Sports & Entertainment has indicated that Neymar is the most beloved player in Brazil with 31.7% of respondents preferring him ahead of Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who garnered 7.1% of the votes, with Ronaldinho of Atlético Mineiro coming in third place with 6.3% of the final tally.