Ronaldo: Neymar's PSG move a backwards step

GETTYNeymar has reportedly outlined three requests to the Real Madrid president

Cast your mind back to the summer and those sensational talks of Neymar leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain began and materialised.

Ronaldo, a two-time World Cup victor with Brazil (1994, 2002), spent the 1996-97 season with Barcelona after joining from PSV and then moved to Inter, returning to Spain in 2002 for Real Madrid for five seasons.

"He's at PSG now, but sports-wise, this decision he's taken is a step backwards", the 2002 World Player of the Year said in an interview with former global Zico's youtube channel.

Eyebrows were raised when Neymar left Lionel Messi and Barca in a world-record deal after French powerhouses PSG activated the Brazil international's €222 million buyout clause in August.

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

Neymar's former side Barcelona secured the £145m signing Philippe Coutinho last weekend as they continue to rebuild following the PSG man's exit.

Italian champions Juve - beaten finalists for a second time in three years - are represented by veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini.

He threatened to ruin his legacy among Barcelona fans though when he jumped ship for Ligue 1 giants PSG five months ago.

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