“Being in Madrid will make it easier to win the Ballon d‘Or” Real Madrid President, Perez, tells Neyman
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has extended an open invitation to Neymar to come join the European champions saying it would help further his ambitions.
Neymar finished third behind Lionel Messi and winner Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d‘Or on Thursday.
Perez is now suggesting that the only way for the Brazilian to break the duo’s stranglehold on the prize would be to join Real.
“Being in Madrid will make it easier to win the Ballon d‘Or,” Perez said. “Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so. Everyone knows I wanted to sign him.”
Perez had on several occasions attempted to sign Neymar to Real from Santos before he joined FC Barcelona in 2013. He enjoyed success in Catalonia, helping Barca win the treble in 2015 before leaving for Paris St Germain in a world- record 222 million euro (£193.4 million) deal this year.
In September Neymar, 25, was involved in an on-field spat with team mate Edinson Cavani over who was going to take a penalty kick. As a result, there has been growing media speculation that his stint in the French capital could be a brief one.