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Neymar "had discussions" with European giant this summer

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Earlier this month, Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho insisted Neymar is capable of eclipsing Lionel Messi as the world's best player.

The 36-year-old knows a thing or two about being top of the pile and believes his countryman, considering the success he has achieved at such a young age, will eventually claim the title of football's number one.

"Every era has its best player," Ronaldhino began, "each one was the best of their time. And Leo is the best of now.


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"I think [Neymar] will reach Leo's level. He's going to be the best in time. He's young and he's won a lot.

"Like many others, though, he's unfortunate to be around in the era of Messi."

It's hard to disagree with Ronaldinho, but much could depend on where Neymar plays for the rest of his career as to whether he becomes the world's best.

Rumours since the turn of the year have suggested the Brazil international could up sticks at Barcelona and pursue a career elsewhere.

Real Madrid were once amongst those tipped to sign him but, according to Neymar himself, he has held talks with another club this year: Paris Saint-Germain.

He said at a news conference on Thursday, per ESPN: "Yes, we had discussions with many people, not just one [with PSG].

"But I decided to stay at Barca because I feel at home here. I'm happy with my teammates and I'm Barca man."

According to Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, the 24-year-old was offered a tax-free €40 million-per-year salary, private jets and hotels by PSG but opted to stay put.

"I can't confirm the numbers given by Wagner Ribeiro because I don't like talking about figures," Neymar added.

"Like I've said I was in talks with many teams, [PSG] wasn't the only one. But I decided to stay here; I'm happy here."

Neymar has since signed a new five-year deal in Catalonia.

"I don't see myself away from Barcelona. It's something I can't imagine because I feel at home. I'm really happy here.

"I feel important, like everyone in the team, and I hope that I can keep helping the team. I think it's going to be a great season for me and the team."

Better luck next time, PSG.

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