Marcelo: Cristiano Ronaldo does not own Real Madrid - Neymar is welcome

Marcelo: Cristiano Ronaldo does not own Real Madrid - Neymar is welcome

"Cristiano doesn't own Real Madrid so if the president wants to sign somebody he will do it", Marcelo told reporters.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has claimed that Neymar "will play" for the club one day amid ongoing speculation that he could leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Ronaldo, whose current deal is up in 2021, is said to want wage parity with football's highest earners, Lionel Messi and Neymar, after both stars overtook him with fresh contracts over the past 12 months.

However, the Spanish top flight's president feels the league would recover from the loss of Ronaldo, although he does not want to see the 33-year-old go.

Real Madrid are ready to fork out £307million to persuade PSG to forgo a release clause in Neymar's contract, according to reports.

While his form in the first half of the campaign was often disappointing, Ronaldo still finished last season with 44 goals to his name, including 15 in the UEFA Champions League as Real won it for the third year running.

"There's no such thing as Neymar not being there because Cristiano is there". But one of the Portuguese star's closest friends Marcelo made sure that there would be no animosity between the pair if Neymar joined Real Madrid.

"I've never understood the Ballon d'Or criteria", he said. "In the coming days you will have my answer to the fans, the ones who have really been on my side", he said.

The injury, which some feared may keep him out of the World Cup healed in time for him to fire past Croatia in a friendly at Anfield last weekend.

The Neymar soap opera shows no sign of abating after the player was caught with a Real Madrid emissary whilst in Liverpool with the Brazilian national team. "It is hard to be at a better place than Madrid, the best club in the world, but life is not just about glory".

Ex-Real and England manager Fabio Capello last week claimed it was Ronaldo's desire to finally return to Old Trafford and reunite with old boss Mourinho.

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