Brazil legend Ronaldo believes it ‘cowardly’ that Neymar has to pick either to play in the Copa America or the Rio Dr Janeiro Olympics.
The USA will be hosting a special centenary edition of the Copa America in June, with Brazil hosting the Olympics in August.
However, Barcelona would prefer Neymar pick one of the competitions to play in, with the club wanting the Brazil captain to get enough rest in the off season.
However, Ronaldo believes it is wrong that Neymar has pick which competition he wants to play in.
“This situation is very difficult for the player,” the World Cup winner said during the presentation of his new school of football, the Ronaldo Academy.
“I think it’s cowardly that he has to choose what competition he wants to play in.
“What we see is few care about the calendar, and we see more games and more competitions, and the players have less vacation time.”
Asked which competition he would choose to play in, Ronaldo said he would prefer to fight for Brazil’s first gold medal in football at their home Olympics.
“I would opt to play in the Olympics,” the 39-year-old added. “It would be something unheard of if they could get a gold medal at the Games in Rio.
“I don’t know what the situation is like, but ideally, how wonderful it would be for Neymar to tell that story.”