Brazilian sensation Neymar has been told to join Barcelona ahead of Real Madrid by compatriot Robinho.
The AC Milan playmaker, who spent time with Madrid during his ten-year professional career, made the remarks in the wake of Brazil’s 2-1 win over Argentina.
Europe’s elite continued to be linked with a move for the Santos sensation, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Juventus also thought to be keen on the talented 20-year-old.
However, Robinho is convinced the player will be better suited to life in La Liga, and that it’s the Blaugrana who have the edge over Los Blancos when it comes to the player’s coveted signature.
"It will be very difficult for Neymar to become the best player in the world in the Brazilian league. That's why he should make the move to La Liga," Robinho was quoted as saying by Lancenet.
"If he decides to leave Santos and he has the choice to join Real Madrid or Barcelona, I would advise him to pick Barca. Barcelona are a great club and Brazilians have always done well there."
Neymar is seen as one of the world’s best players, although Barca playmaker Lionel Messi and Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo are generally accepted to be ahead of the player in the pecking order.
Moving to Europe would certainly increase Neymar’s stock, but he’s contracted to Santos until the summer of 2014, and has previously stated a desire to stay in his homeland until the World Cup that same year.
Brazil’s match with Argentina was, in many ways, a warm-up for that competition, with players based solely from the two nation’s domestic leagues available for selection. That meant no Messi on show for the visitors.
Instead, it was Juan Manuel Martínez who put Alejandro Sabella’s side in-front, but the lead wasn’t to last as Paulinho headed home a Neymar free-kick.
The game looked destined to end as a draw, but Neymar had other thoughts with the final kick of the game, converting a penalty after Leandro Desábato was adjudged to have handled in the area. The return fixture takes place in Resistencia on October 3rd.
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