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Brazilian Ronaldo: Neymar Has Taken A Step Backwards

Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario: Neymar Has Taken A Step Backwards

By Keegan Kruger - Jan 12, 2018 09:30 AM @KeeganKruger

Neymar's decision to leave FC Barcelona for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain is a backwards step in his career, according to Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario.

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The 25-year-old made the move to the French side after they activated his €222 million (R3.31 billion) buyout clause in August 2017, making him the most expensive player in the world.

During a recent interview with former Brazil international Zico, Ronaldo admitted that he was surprised by Neymar's choice, and feels it was a step in the wrong direction.

"Sportingly, the decision is a step back, but there are challenges that everyone seeks," the 2002 FIFA World Cup winner said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

"I played in Barcelona at the time and went to Inter when the Italian championship was much more competitive."

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Neymar has made 22 appearances for his Ligue 1 side so far, scoring 20 goals and assisting 14 further strikes.

Do you agree with Ronaldo's opinion? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jan 13, 2018 02:18 AM
For me it was a wrong move for neymar, in France there's no competition.
clemz7 Joined: 29 Dec 2013
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clemz7 Jan 12, 2018 07:19 PM
He is okay there
DaBrisco Nation Joined: 09 Jun 2015
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DaBrisco Nation Jan 12, 2018 04:46 PM
I believe the move was more motivated by money . He is earning a double pay from PSG and will be able to spend his money while he retired . But football wisely it is a step back foward .Frech is league is not that competitive comapared to La liga and Epl .
abopam7 Joined: 12 Jan 2018
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abopam7 Jan 12, 2018 04:45 PM
Neymar made the BEST ever decision in his entire lifetime to join PSG; albeit it initially seems a "step backwards". In the near future the same Neymar can potentially join Real Madrid or even Manchester United, where it is easier to come to prominent light and fame. That's it!
Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Jan 12, 2018 02:12 PM
I wish italian league comes where it belongs the best league in the world
blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Jan 12, 2018 01:10 PM
Neymar does not want to share the limelight
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Mystique-Luu Jan 12, 2018 12:46 PM
French League sucks
Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi Jan 12, 2018 12:25 PM
I agree , PSG is not at the same level as Barca,Real, Bayern,Man U and Juventus.. it's a small team from a small league .
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futbalfan Jan 12, 2018 11:43 AM
Neymar is already a brand Ronaldo please accept that he's currently the most sought after player in the world. In your view Ronaldo, playing for Barca and making less money is better than playing for PSG and being the rich guy Neymar is. No other player occupied media houses the same as this guy when they played for PSG, why do you think he does? The answer is simply that he's a big brand even bigger than PSG itself.
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Golden Boots Jan 12, 2018 11:39 AM
He's scared of Messi.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jan 12, 2018 11:11 AM
I agree wth u legend and i think only jelous cost him bcz he want to be a main men where his playing
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Pirates_999 Jan 12, 2018 11:10 AM
Yes it's a step back, But Neymar won everything with Barca so why must he stay there forever instead of making more money, memories and travel the world like Ibra? Players need to think for themselves also not only for the team...Good luck to all brave footballers out there
Pep G junior Joined: 26 Dec 2017
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Pep G junior Jan 12, 2018 10:23 AM
Brazilian players only played in great leagues some years ago. Neymar ran away from competition. He myt hv to go back to la liga or epl otherwise he my remain average
nazzi the second Joined: 23 Oct 2017
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nazzi the second Jan 12, 2018 09:52 AM
true, the only chance he has to win ballon dor is if he wins uefa with PSG and world cup, he can score 100 goals in france but they have less meaning than the 4 goals scored by ronaldo ,

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