Ney­mar’s PSG move a back­ward step – Ron­aldo

Manila Times - - FOOTBALL - RIO DE JANEIRO: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

Ney­mar’s world record trans­fer to Paris Sain­tGer­main from Barcelona was a step back­wards in his ca­reer, ac­cord­ing to ex-Brazil star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

“He’s at PSG now, but sports­wise, this de­ci­sion he’s taken is a step back­wards,” the 2002 World Player of the Year said in an in­ter­view with for­mer in­ter­na­tional Zico’s youtube chan­nel.

“He was at Barcelona and he left for PSG. I played at Barca, but I left for In­ter Mi­lan when the Ital­ian league was a lot more com­pet­i­tive.”

Ron­aldo, a two-time World Cup win­ner with Brazil (1994, 2002), spent the 1996-97 sea­son with Barcelona af­ter join­ing from PSV and then moved to In­ter, re­turn­ing to Spain in 2002 for Real Madrid for five sea­sons. He went on to play a fur­ther year with AC Mi­lan be­fore end­ing his ca­reer at Corinthi­ans.

Ney­mar cost PSG a world record 222 mil­lion eu­ros ($264 mil­lion) in Au­gust when he joined from Barcelona.

Ron­aldo added that he would like to see Manch­ester City’s Gabriel Je- sus in­stalled up front for Brazil.

“The World Cup’s com­ing and we need his goals,” he said. “It’s been a long time that we’ve been look­ing for a num­ber nine.”

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