Neymar is in limbo at PSG in the midst of injury and minor arguments as he tries to develop a move to Barcelona. He threatens to waste his brilliant talent … but is the victim of his own greed
- Neymar came out on PSG after scoring in Dortmund’s defeat this week
- He says they didn’t play him in three games despite being fit
- The Brazilian has been in conflict with the club for a year while trying to build a move back to Barcelona, which supports Lionel Messi
- But Neymar forced a switch to PSG from Barcelona in 2017
- He played almost 600 matches in his career after he just turned 28
Neymar’s week has served as a useful metaphor for summarizing his time in Paris Saint-Germain so far.
Doubting injury in the match against Dortmund, he scored in a losing effort before taking a swipe to his employers while Lionel Messi sang his praise from afar.
Under a mysterious cloud of injury while you yearn for Barcelona, it is now Neymar’s modus operandi. But because he is Neymar, he always scores or does something brilliant.
Neymar during the 2-1 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain by Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening
However, footballers do not have a long career and the clock is ticking the mercurial Brazilian, who is probably already halfway through his best days looking behind him as it is now.
It was moving this week that while singing Jadon Sancho’s BT Sport expert Owen Hargreaves said he looked like “Neymar in its prime.” He had a point, but Neymar has just turned 28. He should be in his prime now.
Does he suffer from burnout because he has played almost 600 games in his career? Or is he just sulking to try to force a movement back to the Nou Camp? A little from column A, a little from column B, people suspect.
Neymar was omitted from the recent PSG home games and was eliminated after the Dortmund defeat. “It was not my choice not to play the last matches. I wanted to play, I felt good, “he insisted. “The club was scared and it’s bothering me.”
It is a sad indictment of the relationship between player and club that this divergent opinion was hardly in the news, such as the regularity with which the Brazilian throws his toys out of the Paris pram. He certainly withdrew.
In the meantime, Messi also read in Barcelona from a script we have become used to. “Like I said before, he (Neymar) is one of the best and has contributed a lot to us in the field,” he said Mundo Deportivo. “He is really looking forward to coming back, he always seemed to be sorry. He has done a lot to return and that would be the first step in trying to arrive. “
Neymar alongside Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at a sponsorship event in Tokyo in 2017
Santos (2009-13): 223 games, 126 goals
Barcelona (2013-17): 186, 105
Paris Saint-Germain (2017-): 77, 67
Brazil (2010-): 101, 61
TOTAL: 588 games, 369 goals
Messi is currently at the center of a political battle in Barcelona, as players and the board move in different directions, with the superstar having more power than anyone else and doing everything he can to get Neymar back.
President Josep Bartomeu humored him last summer, allowing Messi and Barcelona fans to believe that Neymar could really return, knowing that it was not financially possible.
Little has changed in that regard, and only if expensive flops Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are shipped in the summer, plus a few big earners, a move could even be considered for Neymar.
A switch to Real Madrid is financially possible, but although the player would be open to Barca’s eternal rivals, he operates in the same position as Eden Hazard, signing the big money last summer.
Even if the antics of Neymar leave PSG open to sell it, a bid close to the £ 186 million they spent to Barcelona three years ago is needed to take him back to La Liga. As it looks now, it remains unlikely that Barca or Real can do that in the summer.
Neymar is revealed by PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi after his world record movement
However, let’s not forget that this mess is all made by Neymar. He is in a club where he does not want to be, with little hope for an escape route, after he has taken everything out of the closet to force a movement there less than three years ago.
Neymar was tired of being Messi’s understudy and willing to take on a challenge for the Ballon d’Or himself, and paid for his release clause and forced to sell Barcelona when they didn’t want to.
Since then, Neymar has not been able to finish in the top five for the Ballon d’Or in the last two years, after having done this in each of the previous three when he was in Barcelona.
He is a victim of his own greed.