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Brazilian Ronaldo's thoughts on Neymar's €222m PSG move is totally spot on

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Sometimes in football, you can't please everyone.

When Neymar made a world record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, many fans could not understand why the Brazilian would want to leave Barcelona.

After all, the 25-year-old was playing with Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest player of all-time, and was winning plenty of trophies at the Nou Camp.

However, he traded all of that to go and play for a lot of money - really, really big sums of money - in the less celebrated French league, Ligue 1.

Still, the forward has racked up 20 goals and 12 assists in 22 games for the Parisians and looks to be justifying his tag as one of the world's very best players.

Not everyone sees it that way though.

Reports have suggested one of Neymar's primary motivations for the move was his desire to move out of Messi's shadow and his goal is to win a Ballon d'Or award.

One man who won two Ballon d'Or awards is the original, Brazilian Ronaldo.

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In an interview with ex-Brazil international Zico via YouTube, former Barcelona striker Ronaldo said of his compatriots move: "Sportingly, the decision is a step back.

"But there are challenges that everyone seeks. "I played in Barcelona at the time and went to Inter when the Italian championship was much more competitive."

There's no denying that Ligue 1 is not in the same ballpark as La Liga, the Premier League or the Bundesliga. Most fans would say that Serie A is above the French league too, so it's a distant fifth.


However, they romped their Champions League group and smashed past Bayern Munich in the process.

If they were to win Europe's biggest prize, wouldn't that justify Neymar's move and put him in the driving seat for the personal accolades he wants?

PSG meet Real Madrid - a side rumoured to want to bring Neymar back to Spain in the near future - in the last 16 of the Champions League and that game will go a long way to silencing his detractors. Ronaldo included.

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