It would seem that Neymar is making full use of his title as the world’s most expensive player.
French newspaper Le Parisien have claimed the Brazilian, who completed a £198 million switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, enjoys a number of privileges at the Parc des Princes, much to the frustration of his teammates.
They include having two personal physiotherapists who see only to him; being exempt from carrying out defensive duties during matches and even being the only PSG player allowed a branded bag.
It’s also added that an agreement is already in place that will see Neymar made PSG’s first-choice penalty taker from next season. Poor Edinson Cavani.
And these luxuries are being handed out to a player who was sent off for relating to a foul in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Marseille in Le Classique.
The Brazilian had already been booked when he was fouled from behind by Lucas Ocampos in the 86th minute of the match.
Neymar got up before bumping into Ocampos with enough force to send him to the turf.
Quite incredibly, Neymar has now been sent off eight times in his career - that’s twice more than the number of times Pepe has been given his marching orders.
Marseille had a plan for Neymar
Credit should go to Marseille coach Rudi Garcia, who realised he could exploit Neymar’s volatile personality.
Marseille midfielder Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa has revealed that Garcia devised a plan to provoke a reaction from Neymar by simply roughing him up.
"I had to get to him," Anguissa said, per Marca.
"The coach told me that Neymar could go crazy, so [Florian] Thauvin had to get Neymar to me and then I had to stop him.
"We made it a two-on-one, so it became easier."
It eventually became too much for Neymar, who also had projectiles thrown his way whenever he took a corner in front of the Marseille fans.
"We wanted to do it without making ugly fouls," Anguissa added. "Just stopping his game here and there, sometimes knocking him down.
"Neymar started quietly and then got nervous.
"It was never our intention to hurt him, but just to force him into small mistakes."
One imagines Neymar had a huge smile on his face when Cavani equalised with a superb free-kick in the third minute of injury.
Still, there’s a blueprint to stopping Neymar, and the £198m man must learn to deal with it.
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