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

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The Argentine spoke to Mundo Deportivo and addressed a wide range of topics, including Neymar, players to watch at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Zinedine Zidane's departure from Real Madrid.

In the immediate aftermath of the Champions League final in Kiev, the Real Madrid star explained that he would clarify his plans in the days following the 3-1 win over Liverpool - but since that evening late last month, he hasn't said a word. He even became the top scorer with 32 goals.

Scoring 44 goals in all competitions in his marvelous debut at Liverpool this season tipped Salah for entering the Ballon d'Or race alongside Ronaldo and Barcelona star rival Lionel Messi who both dominated the prestigious award for nearly a decade. This is because Atleti are set to reward the Frenchman with a new contract worth a reported 23m euros a year, pushing Ronaldo further down the list of the world's best-paid players.

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Two women who have won the title at Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, play each other in the quarterfinals. Muguruza crucially converted only two of her eight break-point chances and was lacklustre with her second serve at times.

'Many people talk about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi battle but there are other players who have chances to enter the race (for Ballon d'Or). "They will be one of the teams fighting for the title". There are also uncertainties on his availability it in time for the Pharaohs first match against Uruguay.

The football world is excited to see if Cristiano Ronaldo can carry on the momentum from winning Euro 2016 while at his peak, and Deco is no exception. Who knows, maybe he could break the hold that Messi and Ronaldo have had since 2007. They are also the seven-time African champions.

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