Mariano Rajoy: Real Madrid should not sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain

Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals than in 2016-17

Big-spending PSG memorably lost to Barcelona at the same stage last season, winning the first leg 4-0 before Neymar - now with the French club following a world record £198million move - inspired Barcelona to a 6-1 win in the second.

Real are floundering in La Liga this season, sitting in fourth place, 17 points adrift of leaders Barcelona. When it comes to the Champion League, the former Manchester United star seems to have a liking for the tournament as he comes to his side's rescue by finding the net nearly in every big European match. It is good for football that there are new teams, Manchester City too. They've won it in three of the past four years and now Real Madrid are relying on some extra motivation that the Champions League brings to bring them back to how they were once viewed around Europe.

Neymar will not be the first Brazilian to join Real Madrid after having donned the colours of the arch-rival.

But a weekend hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Real Sociedad took him to seven goals in his last four league outings.

"I don't think that will be on their mind", the Real Madrid full-back Marcelo said but surely something remains, some scar, and Emery did eventually say: "Maybe the preparation for this match started in that game".

He told the club's official website: "It's a pleasure to receive this award once again, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and above all my colleagues and the technical staff at Real Madrid, without whom it wouldn't have been possible to win it".

PSG's former Barcelona star Neymar has been linked with a move to Madrid as speculation continues to surround the future of Cristiano Ronaldo.

He now has 23 goals in all competitions this season, more than at the same stage a year ago and the Portuguese is relishing the chance to score more today.

"At Real Madrid you have to be the best in the world and Neymar is". He, however, insisted that his team is ready to take on the visitors.

"We will have to play our game, try to control and stay focused when we don't have the ball".

He said PSG found "motivation" in facing the "champions" and "12-times winners", a status he insisted on more than once.

"I don't know if it's going to be a game with a lot of goals". Bale possesses a quality of changing the game in an instance and hence, PSG will need Berchiche to have a solid game against the forward. We are talking about a player (Ronaldo) who has done extraordinary things, won five Ballons d´Or, scored 500 goals.

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