Barcelona legend Xavi has taken a huge swipe at Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, following their 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Los Blancos ace Ron, 33, scored twice in the comeback victory, having originally been a goal down, but his recent uptick in form has not impressed the Spanish icon.
Ronaldo scored the equalising penalty on the stroke of half-time, before giving his side the lead in the last ten minutes.
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But Xavi was unimpressed, telling Marca: “They said that Cristiano was still better than Neymar.
“No, no, it’s unfair. What did Ronaldo do in the game, scored a penalty and a knee goal.
“But what about the dangerous situations created by Neymar?
“And the counter-attacks that he launched, the fear that he sowed in Madrid?”
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Another man to leap to the defence of Neymar following the 3-1 defeat was his own father – who called his critics “vultures”.
Neymar Snr claimed: “In a war there are those who feed off victories and those who, like vultures, feed off the carcasses of the defeated.
“My son has been battling since he was a child, always fighting fair, always avoiding the vultures, always rising again stronger.
“We lost a battle but as for the war, we’ll see, because it will last as long as we’re on the field.
“And be sure … like a phoenix he will be reborn, prepared for all the fighting ahead!
“As for you, vulture, you will be hungry. And there will be nothing left to swallow his words, as rotten as carcasses.”