What Has Happened To Neymar?
When Neymar Jnr. completed his shock record breaking move to PSG from Barcelona in 2017, it was a topic of divided opinion in World football; some said the move was premature (mostly Barcelona fans who couldn’t bear to watch him leave), while some said it was a right move.
Even the great Pele threw his weight behind the move. To be fair to Neymar, he wanted to be the star of a team; after all, a player of his talent deserved to be the main man in a team (Hazard was leading Chelsea, so his shouldn’t be different). This of course, was not going to happen at Barcelona, where the Argentine craftsman called Messi is the anchorman on the pitch.
Prior to his move to PSG, Real Madrid were rumored to be interested in signing him; but he was not going to lead the team while the Portuguese footballing alien was still there. Hence, his move to PSG.
The move was meant to be a success for both player and club as both had similar goals; PSG wanted to lead Europe and Neymar wanted to be at the center of it. It all started well initially; Neymar doing his thing on the pitch, PSG and Ligue 1 enjoying the show.
The club in turn doing everything to keep him happy – even going to the extent of throwing him a lavish birthday party. However, no one told the player and the club that it was just a honeymoon; that the romance was only going to last for a short time; that the sweet marriage was like a timed bomb – which is set to explode when the sought after European glory is failed to be achieved.
It seemed so, when Neymar began fighting fellow player for Penalty duties and began bossing all around. The club could only afford such luxury for so long. Two years on and the story has changed dramatically, the multimillion signing is now being offered to clubs who are interested in signing him – he is no longer wanted at the club.
Worthy to be noted are the different factors that have contributed to Neymar’s fall from grace among which are; his inability to stay fit, his inability to lead the club to the European success the player and club hoped for when the romance began.
However, the most notable factor is Neymar’s arrogance and indiscipline, which the Nassir Al-Khelaifi (PSG’s President) admitted to being at fault for affording too much luxury. In short, he is now seen as a villain to the club’s renewed commitment; and Neymar perceiving that the party is over, wants out of the club. As a result, the big guns such as Barcelona (particularly keen), Real Madrid and Juventus are being linked to be interested in signing him.
Dear football stakeholders and onlookers, somebody needs to tell Neymar to brace himself and learn that football now is all about business; that no club will afford him a limitless luxury he craves; that he needs to give room for discipline if he ever wants to realize the goal of being the world’s best the world labelled him to be when it all started.
In Killyan Mbappe, PSG have found a much younger Captain with much time to spearhead the team. But all is not lost, with PSG President admitting to not wanting to sell Neymar only if he can do business – which is getting serious about business and keeping a cool head.