Ronaldo: Neymar needs European switch to become world's best

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Brazil legend Ronaldo believes Neymar is doing harm to his long-term prospects of becoming the best player in the world by staying put in Brazil.

Ronaldo’s sports management agency '9ine' works with Neymar, and the former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker argued that the talented youngster risks stifling his development by stalling on a move to one of Europe’s big leagues.

The Santos forward has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months, but remains adamant he will stay put in his home country until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Manchester United reportedly failed with a late summer transfer window move to take him to Old Trafford after missing out on Lucas Moura to Paris Saint-Germain.

The 20-year-old was also wanted by Chelsea but now appears destined to swap Brazil for Barcelona after it was reported the Catalan club had already made a €10 million payment ahead of a €40 million switch in either 2013 or 2014.

Whether Neymar eventually opts for Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford or the Nou Camp however, Ronaldo believes he must make a decisions to move soon or face being left behind by his peers.

“This is a complicated matter because it involves Brazilian passion, our biggest idol at the moment and our will to see him playing here every weekend," the 36-year-old told Arena Sportv.

"But for his career development, to fight to be the world's best player, he should be playing for a big European club.

"If would be interesting for the national team if he played for a big European club, so that he would be ready and experienced to face any defence in the World Cup.

"If he goes to Europe, he'll be fighting for the world's best player award with Crisitano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi."

Despite Ronaldo’s comments Neymar once more insisted he had no interest in leaving Santos for Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona or any where else, and insisted he will see out his current deal which expires in 2014.

Ronaldo and Messi are expected to go head to head for Ballon D'Or later this season, while Neymar is also on the list.

Messi is gunning for a record 4th straight trophy, while Ronaldo will look to claim his second crown following his win in 2008 while he was still with Manchester United.

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