Real Madrid star Ronaldo knew Neymar would leave Barcelona: Messi to blame

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Neymar stunned the footballing world when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last week.

The Brazil international quit the Nou Camp after four successful years in Catalonia, where he won every major honour on offer.

It means Ernesto Valverde’s side have been weakened going into the new La Liga season, giving Real Madrid a title advantage.

Barcelona want to sign Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho as Neymar’s replacement but, given how influential the forward was for them, a deal for the Reds star may not be enough to swing a Spanish title tussle their way. 

And Spanish outletDiario Golclaims 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.

Neymar swapped Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a stunning transfer deal last

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Diario Gol add that Ronaldo is revelling at the player’s decision to stun Real’s fiercest rivals so close to the new season. 

Speaking last week, Neymar explained the move to the Parc des Princes by saying: “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain.

“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.”

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