Nene: PSG on par with Real and Barca

Paris Saint-Germain’s recent success has led club legend Nene to believe that the French Champions are now as big as some of world football’s biggest sides.

The 35-year-old, who scored 36 goals in 79 appearances for PSG over three seasons, takes the view that the Parisians now have global appeal as a genuine giant of the game.

The former Brazil international left the team in 2013 after helping the outfit from the French capital to secure a Ligue 1 title. He now turns out for Vasco da Gama in Brazil's Serie A.

Nonetheless, Nene expressed his opinion that after Qatar Sports Investments pumped money into PSG in 2011, subsequent domestic success and in the UEFA Champions League has elevated the club's profile.

He told the team's official website: "You can see that the popularity of Paris Saint-Germain is growing all over the world. I was recently in the USA and I saw people wearing PSG jerseys.

"Here, in Brazil, the club's popularity is really on the rise. Brazilians see Paris as a really big club now, on the same level as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United. Everyone knows that Paris are one of the big boys now."