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Neymar rejects Ronaldo’s role at Real Madrid

24 July 2018

Madrid have been long-term admirers of Neymar, having initially missed out on his signature when he made a decision to join Barcelona, and Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from the Bernabeu led to further reports that the European champions could step up their chase for the Brazil global.

"I said it even before the start of the tournament and some people took it for arrogance when it was just confidence".

Mbappe listed his Brazilian teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric as potential Ballon d'Or winners and also mentioned fellow World Cup victor Raphael Varane on the topic of the award - but not Antoine Griezmann.

Mbappe and Kante played crucial roles in France's success, and the teenager revealed he wants his global team-mate to join him at his club. "The press enjoys creating rumours, but everyone knows how much I care about PSG", he added.

In a clip posted to Instagram, Neymar is seen picking up the ball under pressure from two yellow-bibbed players on the left, however he cuts past them with little bother.

Neymar rejects Ronaldo’s role at Real Madrid
Neymar rejects Ronaldo’s role at Real Madrid

Neymar scored in Brazil's 2-0 group win over Costa Rica while his effort against Mexico in the last 16 helped Tite's team reach the quarter-finals.

Neymar, though, is relishing the opportunity to reunite with the 19-year-old sensation under new PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel.

"For me, Mbappe had an incredible World Cup and Neymar got to his best after injury, once he recovered he played very well".

"I spoke to N'Golo during the World Cup, but not extensively because I know what happens when you bombard the brain with transfer stuff".

"He's a phenomenon, a great player. They are happy to play together, Neymar is happy because Mbappe won the World Cup". I have been aware of this responsibility, not only for Brazil, but also in club football, since I was 17 or 18 years old.

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Neymar rejects Ronaldo’s role at Real Madrid