Ronaldo blames Messi for Neymar’s exit ••
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo knew Brazilian Soccer star will depart the Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain according to report in Spain.
The former Santos forward left Camp Nou last week after a successful stint with the club having won every major trophy in the Catalonia colour.
Barcelona has been hunting for his replacement PSG Marco Verratti and Philippe Coutinho has been tipped to replace the fleet foot Brazilian forward.
According to Spanish outlet, Diario Gol claims Ronaldo always knew Neymar was going to call time on his Barcelona career.
It is said that he was aware for some time that the 25-year-old was ready to escape from Lionel Messi’s shadow.
Messi is Barcelona’s undisputed talisman and Neymar was never able to quite express himself as a result.
Ronaldo also feels the wing wizard felt ‘stuck’ at Barcelona and a move to PSG is the right choice for his career.
Ronaldo is revelling at the player’s decision to stun Real’s fiercest rivals so close to the new season.
“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates, is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.
“PSG’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I have played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.
“From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”
Barcelona will play against Real Madrid on Sunday for the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp while the Return Leg will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.