Neymar didn’t take Barcelona’s 2-1 loss to Valencia very well.
The Brazilian star was filmed slapping Antonio Barragan at the full-time whistle as Barcelona’s La Liga hopes were dealt a massive blow.
And the 24-year-old’s frustration extended even further than that, according to Marca. The Spanish paper have reported that Neymar threw a water bottle at Barragan in the tunnel and mocked the Valencia defender’s wages.
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The Brazil captain has been accused of saying: “Shut up, I earn 10 times more than you!”
Neymar is likely to be punished for his slap, meaning he could miss some or even all of Barcelona’s remaining fixtures.
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The Catalan club have just five games to resurrect their season after allowing Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid back into the title race.
The defeat to Valencia was their third loss in a row in La Liga. Luis Enrique’s side are now level on points with Atletico Madrid, with Los Blancos one point behind.
Neymar has history of reacting poorly
The Barcelona boss rather bizarrely praised his players after the game, but he’s likely to be upset with Neymar. As Barragan celebrated with two teammates, Neymar walked over and slapped the defender in the face before scurrying away.
This isn’t the first time the winger has reacted sourly to a loss. During last year’s Copa America, he received a four-game suspension for kicking the ball at Pablo Armero and aiming a headbutt at Jeison Murillo following Brazil’s defeat to Colombia.
Neymar’s outburst could also be a result of his loss of form. While much was made of Lionel Messi’s five-game goal drought - which he ended on Sunday - Neymar’s barren run extended to five games against Los Che.
Pique is 'convinced' Barca will win the title
Enrique’s calls to remain calm have been echoed by his players, with Gerard Pique admitting he is “convinced” Barcelona will win their second successive La Liga title despite not winning a league game since March 12.
“We see ourselves as capable to win five out of five and we will need to do that," the Spaniard said, per ESPN FC.
“Many things go through your head and it's difficult to see the stars cross in this way. The latest developments are a great reflection but you can't stop.
“The team is the same as two or three weeks ago. Psychologically we are well, and the sensations are different to the other defeats. It's in our hands, and we will keep going forward.
“We have exhausted our margin of error. But I'd prefer to play like this [against Valencia] and lose than to have won in the past few days.
"I am convinced we are going to take it [the league title]."
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