Neymar would welcome Ronaldo at Barcelona
The Brazil and Portugal legends have both seen their futures clouded in doubt in recent months, with Ronaldo being linked with a potential move to the Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season and Neymar also understood to be targeted fondly by Manchester United.
Rumours have also strongly linked Neymar with a shocking switch to rivals Madrid as his protracted contract talks with the European champions rage on, yet the 24-year-old has confidently said the opportunity to add Cristiano Ronaldo to Barca’s formidable attack would be a truly welcome one.
“I’m a fan of Cristiano; he’s a legend, one of a kind. It would be very good if he played for Barcelona,” he told A Bola.
Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City happening later this year and Jose Mourinho’s fabled appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor at Manchester United have led to increasing speculation that Neymar could now consider a switch to the Premier League fixture.
But the former Santos superstar, despite admitting his profound admiration for the two coaches, is entirely focused on Luis Enrique’s side.
“I admire them both, I’ve been following both of their paths for some time. But my coach is Luis Enrique and I defend Barcelona,” he said.
Neymar considers that the Liga leaders should boast to be one of the finest sides in football history and passionately says there is much more to their continued success than the goalscoring abilities of himself, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
He warns ardently, however, that becoming the first team to defend the UEFA Champions League title will have to be far from straightforward.
“I think the team is not only this trident, we can be considered one of the best in history,” he said. “I love playing with my team-mates and I feel very proud to be part of this team.
“It’s difficult [to defend the Champions League], there are great teams, as good as Barcelona. I can only guarantee that we won’t lack the determination to try.”