Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain was a backwards step, says Brazil legend Ronaldo

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

“He’s at PSG now, but sports-wise, 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 ($264 million) in August when he joined from Barcelona.

Ronaldo added that he would like to see Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus 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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Real Madrid to face Leganes as Barcelona play Espanyol in Copa del Rey quarter-finals

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Modest La Liga outfit Leganes will face their mighty city rivals Real Madrid in their first appearance in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in their 89-year existence.

Leganes from the Madrid suburbs were pitted against 19-time Cup winners Real in Friday’s draw having progressed to the last eight on away goals in their two-legged last 16 tie against Villarreal on Thursday.

Zinedine Zidane‘s Real laboured to a 2-2 draw with Numancia on Wednesday to progress to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.

Barcelona, who were watched by their new recruit from Liverpool Philippe Coutinho, cruised through 5-0 for a 6-1 aggregate beating of Celta Vigo, will face Espanyol.

Barca are seeking a 30th Spanish Cup success.

Atletico Madrid were drawn against Sevilla with Valencia up against Alaves.

The first legs are scheduled for January 16-18 with the return legs on January 23-25.

COPA DEL REY QUARTER-FINALS

Leganes v Real Madrid

Espanyol v Barcelona

Atlético Madrid v Sevilla

Valencia v Alaves

Provided by AFP Sport

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Ronaldo, Messi and de Bruyne named in UEFA Team of the Year 2017

Sport360 staff 11/01/2018

Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard are the only two Premier League players named in the UEFA Team of the Year.

The team was named by UEFA on Thursday – with a record 8.8 million votes cast to decide the XI - and it did raise a few eyebrows after some big names missed out.

There was no place for Europe's top scorer for club and country Harry Kane, or Neymar, the world's most expensive player at £200 million.

Sergio Ramos received the most votes with 588,315, and is one of five Real Madrid players named in the side. Other Real Madrid stars included are Marcelo (LB), Toni Kroos (CM), Luka Modric (RCM) and Cristiano Ronaldo (RW).
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (CF) also features alongside the Portuguese star in the team. At 39, Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon was chosen as the goalkeeper to extend his record as the oldest player to make the team, while the other Serie A player named is teammate Giorgio Chiellini. Ligue 1's sole representative is Dani Alves of PSG.

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