Neymar Jr. is regretting his decision to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain despite the mouth-watering transfer fee for a four-year contract, the Spanish media reported.
Neymar Jr. (Image via The Sun)
The famous Brazil international footballer switched from La Liga to French Ligue 1 after a controversial €222 million was paid to crown him the world’s most expensive player. The price serves as a compensation for those years he spent under Lionel Messi’s shadow, without a Ballon d’Or.
Neymar spent four years in Spain, and was part of Barca’s most memorable time in football history.
As part of the attacking trio made up of Luis Suarez (Uruguay) and Messi (Argentina), he won the La Liga (2 times), Copa del Rey (3 times), a UEFA Champions League trophy and FIFA Club World Cup, among others.
Although Neymar made a remarkable impact soon after arriving Paris in August, 2017 having scored ten goals with 8 assists in a total of 11 matches, a Spanish TV Program La Porteria revealed the footballer has already confided in his friends that he made a huge mistake leaving Barcelona for PSG.
The 25-year-old is said to be finding life very hard in Paris; his family struggled to settle down, and he misses his old life in Spain.
Earlier on Sunday, he was spotted in Barcelona, where he traveled to spend time with old friends – Messi, Suarez and Pique.
PSG manager Unai Emery, is believed to be the source of Neymar’s discomfort.
“#laporteria has been able to know that the Brazilian regrets having left Barca and misses his life in Barcelona,” the news outlet tweeted. “The player is unhappy with Emery and his methods. The player’s surroundings are not comfortable in Paris.”
Emery’s approach to football management is none like Neymar has ever admired.
The Brazilian has also clashed with other teammates in the dressing room, especially Edison Cavani, who protested the new player’s courage to take over his position as the club’s penalty-taker.
Both players have argued over free-kicks, too, and the growing misunderstanding has sparked rumors that Neymar gave orders to PSG management to sell the Uruguayan striker.
Former Brazil forward Ronaldo de Lima said Neymar’s transfer and current frustration was similar to what he experienced during his days, adding that his compatriot should leave PSG if that would bring the needed happiness.
“Neymar’s exit from Barca was a bit like mine,” the 41-year-old told Veja. “I went to Inter when the Italian league was much stronger than France is now.
“I don’t have the details and I don’t know what was behind the negotiation [for Neymar]. Maybe everything came from problems with the Barcelona board, as was the case with me. I’d do it [leave] again.”