Neymar is Ronaldo's heir at Real Madrid, claims Valdano

Neymar is Ronaldo's heir at Real Madrid, claims Valdano

Neymar is Ronaldo's heir at Real Madrid, claims Valdano

Meanwhile, Egyptian FA's managing director Ehab Lehita says it is too early to tell if Salah will be fit for his nation's World Cup opener against Uruguay.

Neymar continues to be heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but fellow Brazilian Rivaldo is unsure as to whether he is seen as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo or an addition alongside him. He said that the Liverpool striker was just as good as Argentina's Lionel Messi.

With 44 goals and 16 assists in 52 games in all competitions, Salah is a now the key element in the squad of Hector Cuper. "He's a player who has won the Ballon d'Or five times", he said.

In fact, he hoped that this year's "revelation" manages to make it in time for Egypt's World Cup run.

"Of course, if you ask every player they want to win the World Cup, they dream about that for sure, Ronaldo is the same", Deco said. I hope his injury in the final in Kiev doesn't keep him out. "The Egyptian is one of them".

Rivaldo admits that a big-money deal would annoy Madrid's eternal rivals at Camp Nou, given that they never wanted to part with a prized asset, but it remains unclear as to what the Blancos' long-term plans are - with Ronaldo now the star turn in the Spanish capital.

"I think Cristiano should protect himself a little more, but he knows what he's doing".

Ronaldo hopes the Egypt worldwide will be fit to prove his class at the World Cup.

Chelsea were also a possible destination - with club owner Roman Abramovich keen to invest in a world star once more - until the Blues' failure to qualify for the Champions League was confirmed.

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