Neymar asked his old Barcelona teammates a very awkward question this week

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So Neymar didn't exactly leave Barcelona on the greatest of terms this summer.

When the rumour first emerged that Paris Saint-Germain were chasing the Brazilian's signature, most thought - and justifiably so - that it was speculation of the most fantastical order. A month down the line and he was being unveiled at the Parc des Princes.

Despite a series of complaints, appeals and sheer bewilderment that UEFA Financial Fair Play wasn't compromised - Neymar moved for a gargantuan £199 million fee.

There's been trouble in paradise, however.

Neymar has been doing the business on the pitch for PSG, with 11 goals and seven assists so far in France but reports off unrest behind the scenes refuse to die away.

Aside from embroiling himself in a petty, albeit surprisingly serious, penalty debate with Edinson Cavani, the Brazilian has also reportedly fallen out with Unai Emery and secured outrageous privileges for himself.

Teammate and compatriot Marquinhos has come to his friends' defence during the international break and tried to temper said rumours.

He stated: "For everything Neymar has been doing on the pitch, whoever thinks he's not [performing as expected] must be watching another game. He's a different player, a star, someone who instantly becomes a target for other players, for the press and fans."


All that considered, it's perhaps surprising that Neymar has actually maintained a pretty great relationship with his ex-Barcelona teammates and his fellow MSN partners in particular.

The 25-year-old was even confident enough to return to Barcelona's training ground Ciutat Esportiva this week and brought his son along for the visit.

According to Sport, it was a very surreal experience for all involved and he was seen openly hugging his teammates throughout.

He was spotted bantering and joking about, even asking at one point: "Would you take me back?"

Quite whether that was met by awkward silence or widespread laughter is unknown but given Luis Suarez's goal scoring record at the moment, the answer would probably be 'yes.' But then again, which team wouldn't take him on?

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He was described as producing the remark 'disguised in his ironic smile, perhaps to hide his true intention.'

As long as Neymar can clear the nagging off-the pitch issues that currently stalk him, he'll be on a direct path to greatness and perhaps a future Ballon d'Or.

Do you think Neymar was right to leave Barcelona this summer? Have your say in the comments section below.


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