The Brazilian might have indicated towards a move to England after claiming that all players have to play in the country to be considered ‘great’
And in the process, the Paris Saint-Germain star may have aimed an apparent dig at former Barca teammate Lionel Messi. The duo were in the same dressing room for four seasons at Nou Camp, winning two La Liga crowns and the Champions League. Messi has played for the Catalan giants his whole career, and at 31, it now seems improbable that he will ever play in the Premier League.
The Argentine superstar, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, was ignored for the recent Ballon d’Or, finishing fifth. But he remains level with Cristiano Ronaldo with five such wins in his career so far. Ronaldo, who moved from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer, has been competing with Messi for most of his career for the best player gong.
The Portuguese moved to Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and claimed everything with the Red Devils in a six-year spell. The 33-year-old was runner-up in the Ballon d’Or this year, behind former teammate Luka Modric. And Neymar feels that Ronaldo has the upper hand on his great rival as he has previously played in England. “We don’t know how tomorrow will be, but I believe that every great player, at least one day, has to play in the Premier League,” Neymar said in a message for Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy. “If you’re playing there, then I hope you can keep enjoying the Premier League because you deserve only the best. Hugs and thanks!”
Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 26, has hinted he would like to play in the Premier League.
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Neymar signed for PSG in 2017 for a world-record fee, and has won all the domestic trophies available. But he was brought in by the club’s rich owners to clinch the Champions League, which the French side have still not done. The Brazil international has also been linked with a move to Madrid recently, but it is up in the air whether he would move to Barcelona’s bitter rivals. Signing for one of the Premier League elite clubs may be the next-best option, with the likes of Manchester United and City more than willing to pay the huge transfer fee he would demand.
It would not be surprising if this was an actual dig at Messi by Neymar, but it has not been proved that playing in England is what makes a player a legend, though that has long been considered the case. The flip side is that players who have only played in England should also have proved themselves abroad to be considered legends, as is the case with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.