Neymar was announced as PSG player on 3 August 2017 after Barcelona, the footballer’s former club, publicized that his legal representatives made a payment of €222 million to the club.
Image shows Neymar celebrating his first goal at PSG with Edison Cavani
Neymar’s outrageous transfer fee went into record books as the highest transfer fee in football history.
The Brazilian striker signed a five-year contract in the presence of the Club’s representatives to commit his football career to the French capital’s club until June 30 2022.
Paris Saint-Germain, in their first press release, said they’re “very happy to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr to the team” and expectations were high.
Speaking at a press conference, Neymar said: “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain. Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.”
He continued, “Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played 4 seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.
“From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”
Now, the last part of that press statement is causing ripples at the club because Neymar has woefully failed to keep his promise.
An update from a popular French newspaper, Le Parisien, says PSG chiefs are concerned about situations that are arising around their marquee player.
The report quotes PSG bosses as telling fans to be mindful of what they have before they lose it.
According to the tabloid, Neymar’s current physical condition isn’t the only challenge. He suffered a strain on his right thigh, yet, there’s hope that he will be fit for matches soon but his biggest problem is the fact that PSG fans are hating on him for an alleged arrogance.
Problem started since Neymar denied Edison Cavani a chance to make history as the club’s highest goalscorer through a penalty. The Uruguayan forward was heading PSG’s attack line before his Brazilian rival arrived as an overbearing star.
Although the club management denied any rift between both players, claiming it was a simple misplacement of priority, fans are having none of the power tussle.
Neymar discovered his rating when disgruntled fans blew whistles at him during a home game against Dijon. Nothing could be more embarrassing.
Le Parisien says PSG management understands the effect of those boos from fans at Parc des Princes, and raised another theory that club supporters think Neymar has not settled in as expected
Despite the ongoing troubles, Neymar has support from PSG coach, Unai Emery, and Emmanuel Petit, who also played for the French Ligue 1 side.
“The whistles? They were in the context of that moment. The fans love all the players and they’re smart,” the coach said on Tuesday. “I’m sure that if he’s on the pitch tomorrow, he’ll have their support.”
Petit elaborated on the statement saying, “Was it really worth turning on Neymar after the show he gave us? I don’t think so. If he gets frozen out from the stands, the fans could be shooting themselves in the foot if the next day Neymar asks to leave. Then we’d all cry.”