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Neymar to Real Madrid? You never know, says Rivaldo

Rivaldo refused to rule out the possibility of former Barcelona star and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar joining bitter Spanish rivals Real Madrid.

football Updated: Dec 20, 2017 11:42 IST
By Sacha Pisani
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar is seen prior to the French L1 football match between Rennes (Stade Rennais FC) and PSG on December 16, 2017, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes.
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar is seen prior to the French L1 football match between Rennes (Stade Rennais FC) and PSG on December 16, 2017, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes. (AFP)

Rivaldo refused to rule out the possibility of former Barcelona star Neymar joining bitter Spanish rivals Real Madrid. Neymar left Barca for French giants Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record Euro 222 million deal in August but the Brazil international has been linked with Madrid.

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has previously insisted Neymar would be welcome at the LaLiga and Champions League titleholders, while president Florentino Perez fuelled rumours after claiming the PSG forward would have a better chance of winning the Ballon d’Or in the Spanish capital.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar runs with the ball during the French L1 football match Dijon (DFCO) vs Lille on December 16, 2017 in Gaston Gerard stadium in Dijon. (AFP)

Asked about Neymar’s future and Madrid during a commercial event, ex-Barca star Rivaldo said: “You never know what can happen in his future.”

Neymar finished third in this year’s Ballon d’Or as Cristiano Ronaldo claimed a record-equalling fifth award to move level with Barca foe Lionel Messi.

Brazilian great Rivaldo – who won two LaLiga titles, the Champions League and the World Cup during his illustrious career – insisted Neymar could challenge Ronaldo and Messi for the Ballon d’Or if he was still playing.

“If Ronaldo won is because he deserved it,” the 45-year-old said.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (centre) seems to be on Real Madrid’s radar. (AFP)

“In my time, there were more players than today challenging for being the best in the world, I remember Figo, (Alessandro) Del Piero or (Francesco) Totti, now you always hear about the same players and I am pretty sure I could challenge with Messi and Ronaldo because football was harder in my times.

“I am not here for opening a controversial (laughs), I just say both are very good players but in my times you could find more quality players than today, in which you only hear about Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar.”