Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 14: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Real Madrid CF hugs Neymar JR (R) of Paris Saint-Germain prior to start the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 14, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo will “change Italian football” for the better and he will restore it back to its glory days, says Neymar

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner completed his sensational move from Real Madrid to Juventus earlier this week in a €112m deal.

Despite everything that he has achieved in his glittering career, Ronaldo remains as ambitious as ever and declared in front of all the club supporters at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Monday that he intends to “mark the history of Juventus”.

And Neymar, who has just denied that he will be joining Real, is in no doubt over the impact that Ronaldo will likely have in Italy.

“I think Cristiano Ronaldo will change Italian football,” said Neymar, according to Sky Sports.

“It will again be the Italian football that I watched when I was a child because Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player.

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“He is a legend in football, a genius.”

After an incredible nine-year spell at Real that saw Ronaldo become the club’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in 438 games, as well as winning 15 pieces of major silverware, the decision to leave must have been an incredibly difficult one to make.

And Neymar, who himself left Barcelona last summer for Paris Saint-Germain, can understand what Ronaldo must have gone through before making such a decision.

“I’m happy for his decision,” Neymar added.

“I think it is a difficult decision for him so I wish him good luck but not against Paris.”