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5 reasons why Neymar will outshine Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League

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The most awaited Champions League round of 16 tie is going to take place between Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain. The two teams are highly star-studded, which makes it a center of attention for the football fraternity, but there is a contrast in the two teams at this point of time.

And it is as apparent as the sun on a clear day. Real Madrid are currently under fire for their erratic form, while Paris-Saint Germain are among the most in-form and deadly teams in Europe. As these two giants are facing each other, it is only natural for the focus to be on their respective star players.

Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In a match where these two will feature, the onus is on them to come up with performances that will help their own teams with the game. There is, however, a good chance that the Brazilian will edge out his Portuguese counterpart.

And here are 5 reasons why…

#5 Cristiano in decline

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar share the same birthday. Neymar, however, is 7 years younger to the Portugal captain, who is 33 right now and has just set foot in his twilight years. This time last year, the Portuguese was only just beginning to reach his peak form.

This year, though, he is on the decline.

Not only has the Portuguese lost a lot of pace, he is slower in his reactions and wayward in his precision. While his off-the-ball movements are still very dangerous—and that only gets better with age—the speed required to act upon it and make full use of it is slowly waning.

And that can be seen in almost every Real Madrid game, against much inferior opposition when compared to the Parisians.

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