The sight of two of Brazil’s greatest ever footballers together on a stage is not a common one, but in London, Ronaldo joined Neymar and also discussed the Paris Saint-Germain man’s potential move to Real Madrid.
As a former Galactico himself, Ronaldo knows all about what it takes to make the move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and the pair could have similar stories by leaving Barcelona only to return to Spain with a move to Madrid years later.
“Neymar is a superb player, maybe he will be the best in the world in a few years, and Real Madrid need the best,” he said at the unveiling of Nike’s new Mercurial 360 boots.
Of course, the comparisons between the two men and their career paths have been made, but Ronaldo refused to suggest that Neymar would be against the move.
“Well, I didn’t plan for anything other than being at Inter for five years, but then there was the possibility and I went because Madrid is a team where everyone wants to play,” he continued.
Yet the ex-striker doesn’t believe that a move is as close as some seem to suggest.
“I haven’t heard any official representative of Real Madrid say anything about Neymar,” he noted.
“They should think about what they have and this year it’s difficult for Madrid, they have to keep going and end well.
“The Champions League is a competition that they do well in and we will see how it ends, because everything changes very quickly in football.”
Ironically, to progress in European competition Real Madrid will have to overcome Neymar’s PSG, but Ronaldo says it is too close to call a winner.
“It’s a very difficult game, I am a Real Madrid ambassador and obviously I want them to win, but on the other hand I like PSG and my great friend Neymar is there, and everyone loves him,” Ronaldo said.
“I don’t have split loyalties, I hope it is a great game and the best team wins.”
As is often the case, he couldn’t escape being quizzed on who he believed to be the best player in the world: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
“It’s very difficult to answer because both are very good, better than everyone else,” he intimated.
“I wish I could have played with one of them.
“Choosing is very difficult, I am almost in agreement with those who voted for the Ballon d’Or.
“The one who has won each year has just about deserved it more than the other.
“Both are spectacular.”