Neymar backs CR7 to restore Serie A

Neymar, 26, is widely touted to become the direct replacement for Ronaldo at Real Madrid, despite the club suggesting they've not made an official move.

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However, in an interview with Omnisport, the Brazil international sidestepped the Los Blancos talk and gave his opinion on the 33-year-old joining the Serie A champions.

"Cristiano Ronaldo's departure for Juventus will change Italian football," Neymar said. "It will once again be the Italian football that I saw as a child.

"Cristiano is a great player, is a football legend, a genius, so we have to respect him. I'm happy for his decision, I think it was a difficult decision for him, and I wish him luck, but not against PSG."