Marcelo: Ronaldo doesn't own Real Madrid, Neymar is welcome at Bernabeu

CRISTIANO RONALDO

GETTY Cristiano Ronaldo has five Ballon d'Ors to his name

"If Cristiano stays, does that mean that Neymar can't come?"

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo wishes to stay in Europe if he carries out his threat of leaving the Spanish capital this summer - ruling out any potential move to Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League at this stage of his career. According to the Portuguese newspaper Record, Perez's unfulfilled promises and "lack of recognition" is the reason behind current doubts about his future at the La Liga club.

After talking about his stint as a Real player in past tense, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor gave ambiguous answers when he was asked to clarify his post-match comments later in the day.

Ordinarily, £131m for a player aged 33 would seem insane, but given Ronaldo's huge marketing value and the fact he's still one of the best players on the planet, it would still be an excellent deal for United if these reports were accurate.

Marcelo also said that five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo was in line to take the trophy again for 2018, while Neymar would win it for sure in future as he would "be as good as Cristiano" over time.

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After recent days brought reports of meetings between Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes and senior Madrid figures not bringing any progress, the media in his home country of Portugal claimed his decision to leave remains "irreversible".

Ronaldo has scored an incredible 450 goals in just 438 games for Los Blancos and helped them win a fourth Champions League in the last five years with victory over Liverpool last month.

In Paris, Neymar spent the latter half of Paris St-Germain's treble winning season in the treatment room recovering from a broken metatarsal.

Ronaldo is now on €21m-a-year. We started talking about football and I saw a smile on his face and that is what I want to see.

"I think the best players in the world have to play at Real Madrid, and I already said for two or three years that, for me, one day Neymar will be there".

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