Neymar's struggles at Barcelona hit new heights on Wednesday evening after a poll of almost 10,000 fans suggested he is no longer the darling of Camp Nou.
Before the 8-0 hammering of Deportivo, in which Neymar scored once, Catalan newspaper Sport ran a poll on whether Barcelona should be sold if a club bids €190million this summer. 61 percent of them said yes.
Considering that just a few months ago the Brazilian stalwart was being tipped to supersede Lionel Messi as the king of Barcelona, it is a dramatic turnaround in opinion.
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The surprise result shows just how far Barcelona have fallen in recent weeks. While Wednesday's thrashing of Deportivo went some way to repairing the damage, the demanding fans will still finish the season with a sense of disappointment.
Indeed, Luis Enrique's men were expected to become the first club to retain the Champions League, but the likes of Neymar let them down as Atletico Madrid knocked them out 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.
Neymar's goal against Deportivo was his first in 579 minutes of football, bring an end to a drought, but the damage, it seems, has already been done.
The poll, of course, is pointless in the sense that Barcelona would have no power to stop Neymar if a club did make a €190m bid. That is his current release clause and it will not be increased until the 24-year-old's new contract becomes active in June.
However, the fact that fans are now veering towards Neymar leaving suggests they have been swayed by recent questions over his personal life. A report from Marca suggested that Neymar's hectic lifestyle was the cause of his poor form and that appears to have been taken to heart.
Not for sale
It was only this week that Barca director Jordi Mestre insisted that Neymar would not be sold for any price this summer. He even revealed that Neymar could have earned more at other clubs when originally leaving Santos in 2013, but chose to sign Barcelona so he could play alongside Messi.
Mestre told Barca TV: "I have said it many times - we are delighted with Neymar."
"Neymar will not be sold. We have not even thought about doing it.
"When he signed for us, he made a financial effort as other clubs were going to give him more money. He came here to play because he wanted to play good football, alongside Messi, to win trophies."
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