PSG captain Thiago Silva said that he asked FC Barcelona star Neymar to join him in Paris, during the Balon d’Or ceremony in January.
Both Real Madrid star Ronaldo and FC Barcelona’s Neymar have been linked with a move to PSG at some point in the past few months.
Thiago Silva wants Neymar over Ronaldo
When asked about who he would like to see in Paris out of the two aforementioned stars, PSG captain Thiago Silva said that he would prefer his Brazil teammate as he was like a “brother” to him.
He was quoted as saying by Le Parisien: “It’s a difficult choice — can we take both? Seriously, they are two world-class players.”
Silva went on to say that he would prefer Neymar. He added: “Yes, because I’m Brazilian. I’m like his big brother.”
Thiago Silva speaks about his conversation with Neymar about joining PSG
The PSG captain has already done his bit for his side in helping to lure Neymar. He said: “We spoke a bit during the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich [in January]. I said to him: ‘Come, come to play in Paris with me.’ He laughed a bit, but he didn’t react.
“Neymar is 24 and is already at the top. I think that next year or the year after he will be the best player in the world if [Lionel] Messi gives up his place.”
Neymar to PSG?
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 4-year contract at PSG coming to an end following this season and no renewal in sight, PSG will be on the lookout for a new star attacker to take the place of the big Swede. They have been linked with a host of quality attackers including Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.
Thiago Silva’s previous comments about Neymar following in the footsteps of Leo Messi to become one of the best stars of modern football is indicative of PSG’s interest in the young Brazilian. It is hard to argue against Silva on this, given how good Neymar has been at such a young age for FC Barcelona. PSG do have the resources to sign a high profile player like him, and Barcelona may find it hard to match the money they will be able to offer Neymar. It then boils down to whether or not Neymar will be willing to leave what is arguably the greatest club in football right now.