Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi must be on different clubs - Pini Zahavi

Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi must be on different clubs - Pini Zahavi
From ESPN - April 12, 2018

Football super-agent Pini Zahavi has suggested Neymar is unlikely to move to Real Madrid while Cristiano Ronaldo is still there, telling Polish news outlet Przeglad Sportowythere is only room for one superstar per team.

ButZahavi also called his new clientRobert Lewandowski the "best forward in the world," following a report last month that claimed he had reached an agreement in principle for the Bayern Munich striker to move to the Bernabeu this summer.

Zahavi, who helped broker the sale of Chelsea to Roman Abramovich and RioFerdinand's then-record transfer to Manchester United, acted as intermediary in Neymar's blockbuster move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

According to UOL Esporte, the Israeli agent accompanied a PSG delegation to Brazil last month to check on Neymar's foot injury and determine his value in another transfer this summer, after reportssaid Neymar is unhappy in Paris.

But Zahavi told Przeglad Sportowy that Neymar had to leave Barcelona to get out of Lionel Messi's shadow, and that having more than one of the world's top three players on a club would be unsustainable.

"Neymar did what he had to," Zahavi said. "There are only three football superstars -- Messi, Cristiano and Neymar. They ca not play in one club.

"At Barca, Ney always was the No. 2. He was the second to shoot from free kicks, second to the penalties, second to everything.

"He came to Spain as a young boy. He grew up. Now he's 26 and has eight or nine years at the top level. He needs independence."

Paris Saint-Germain paid 222 million for Neymar, nearly five times the amount Zahavi got United to pay Leeds for Ferdinand in 2002 in what was then a world-record transfer.


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