Neymar must have known from the moment he sought out his record-shattering move from Barcelona to Paris-Saint Germain in the summer that he would become the most newsworthy star in football – but he probably wasn’t expecting this level of speculation.
How he’d fit in, how he’d perform in the ‘weaker’ Ligue 1, whether he could propel them to the Champions League trophy, how other stars would get along with him, and whether he’d achieve new heights out of the shadow of Lionel Messi – every question that anyone could think up was fired at Neymar and he hasn’t been out of the news since.
Now things have reached even greater heights as Real Madrid, coincidentally (or not) PSG’s upcoming Champions League opponents, are being frequently linked with a blockbuster move for the most expensive player in history.
That speculation has led to every little thing being scrutinised as people try and work out if Neymar wants a move to the reigning European and World Champions.
It has been mooted that a move to Real was the actual end-game for the Brazilian, merely biding his time in France while Los Blancos get in position to make it happen, or that Neymar never saw his long-term future in Ligue 1 regardless.
Whatever the potential reason, people have been quick to jump on anything that might suggest Neymar’s discontent at PSG, with the most recent being the debacle over teammate Edinson Cavani’s attempts to become the club’s all-time top scorer.
That goal looked set to be accomplished on January 17th against Dijon. A Neymar hattrick had helped the team to an emphatic 7-0 lead when a penalty was given late on.
Cavani had already equalled Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s record in the game and now needed just one goal to break it. That fans called for the Uruguayan to take the penalty but up stepped Neymar to score his fourth of the game and seal an 8-0 victory.
That move wasn’t received particularly well by PSG fans who proceeded to boo and whistle the Brazilian – furthering speculation that things weren’t quite right at the Parc des Princes. //Actuantes//