Real Madrid vice-captain Marcelo says he sees no reason why Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar can not play together for the club, while acknowledging that president Florentino Perez has the final say on everything that happens at the Bernabeu.
"Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't own Real Madrid", he said at a press conference while in camp with Brazil, according to Sportskeeda. "Why can't Neymar come while Cristiano is here?"
Record claims that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has reached this conclusion, less than two weeks after winning his third straight Champions League with Madrid, not because of money but rather status, and because of unkept promises from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. "One day Neymar will play at Real Madrid".
As Cristiano Ronaldo tries to clear up his comments after the UCL final, the FC crew read between the lines and ponder his future at Real Madrid.
But Real Madrid have remained the frontrunners to secure a deal and are ready to obliterate the current transfer record to secure his signature.
"What I can say is that we will do the same [of Euro 2016] fight to the end always keeping hope that in football everything is possible".
Do you think Neymar would be the ideal replacement for Ronaldo at Real?
Madrid need to be able to replace Ronaldo at some stage, and they can't allow him to stand in the way of that. It just depends who gets the most votes.
"To me, Ronaldo is the world's greatest right now and I have no doubt in my mind that Neymar will be just as good".
The latest speculation over Ronaldo's future was kicked off by Madrid's all-time record goalscorer talking about his time at the club in the past tense moments after the final whistle of last May's third consecutive Champions League final victory. "Just after winning was not the best moment. It depends on other factors, that those outside do not know".