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Cristiano Ronaldo mediocre at Neymar's age - agent

Ronaldo is only above Neymar in terms of weight, says Ribeiro (©GettyImages)
Ronaldo is only above Neymar in terms of weight, says Ribeiro (©GettyImages).

Barcelona star Neymar is a better player than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was at the same age, according to the Brazilian's agent Wagner Ribeiro.

Neymar's agent wrote on Twitter: "Neymar and Cristiano were born on the same day, the 5th February. When he was Neymar's age he was mediocre".

Ribeiro then controversially added: "Currently he is only above Neymar in weight".

His comments came just hours after Ronaldo, who was playing at Manchester United as a 21-year-old, signed a lucrative new contract to become the world's highest paid footballer at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo will now earn an annual salary of €17m - approximately £14.25m - and is set to stay with the Spanish giants until 2018.

Meanwhile, Neymar - who joined Barcelona in June for £48.6m - is widely regarded as the most talented footballer to emerge from Brazil for years.

The former Santos star has scored one goal in his first six appearances at the Camp Nou - but has started to show glimpses of his brilliance in recent matches.

The two players will go head-to-head when Barcelona host Real Madrid on October 26.

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