What Eric Cantona has said about Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain

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Despite months of speculation, many football fans refused to believe that Neymar would leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain.

Why would you want to leave one of the greatest clubs in the world in probably the greatest league in the world, for a club that is expected to stroll their league title every season?

Surely battling Real Madrid each year and facing the likes of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla is more of a challenge than what PSG have to contend with in the French Ligue.

But Neymar made his decision and became the world’s most expensive footballer in a €222 million move.

Of course, there were reasons for Neymar wanting to join the Parc des Princes club.

He has an ambition to win the Ballon d’Or and didn’t feel he could do that playing alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona. And the fact that he pockets €37 million every year might have had something to do with it as well…

But there are already reports suggesting that Neymar isn’t too happy in France and could be looking to leave.

To be fair, it’s been pretty easy for Neymar and co. so far this season. They’re unbeaten in Ligue 1 and are already four points clear. As for Neymar, he’s scored 11 goals in 12 matches in all competitions.

It’s all a bit easy.


Cantona questions Neymar's motives

And a few months after the move, legendary footballer Eric Cantona has questioned Neymar’s motives.

Despite being French, the former Manchester United striker can’t understand why the Brazilian wanted to join Ligue 1.

"When you are 25-years-old and play for Brazil and Barcelona you wonder a little why he has come to France, to play against Guingamp or Amiens," he told Yahoo Sport.

"The Champions League? It's maximum 10 matches in the season. I do not understand why he came to play in France. It's not my vision of passion and football."


Interestingly, a report by Marca emerged on Wednesday explaining how Neymar pleaded with Barcelona chief president Josep Maria Bartomeu to stop the move after changing his mind.

The Barca chief ignored these pleas and sanctioned the world record €222million transfer.

And after completing his move, Neymar said: "Remember me, I want to come back.”

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