Reports suggest that Neymar, less than a year after his £200 million move from Barcelona, wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
The 26-year-old, who is earning a reported £600,000-a-week at the Parc des Princes, has been mostly excellent for the Parisians since arriving from the Camp Nou last summer.
In 30 appearances for PSG, Neymar has scored 28 goals. However, with his team now out of the Champions League, the Brazilian’s hopes of winning the Ballon d’Or at the end of the year have suffered a significant blow.
One of the primary reasons Neymar left Barça was to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow and cement his status as the world’s best player.
But Real Madrid made light work of PSG in the Champions League last 16 and Neymar, who missed the second leg after suffering a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle, subsequently knows that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are now ahead of him in the race for 2018’s Ballon d’Or.
Neymar is already fed up with life at PSG
Brazilian publication UOL Esporte - per Spanish newspaper Marca - have now confirmed that he's thinking of leaving PSG this summer.
The world-class forward has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid over recent weeks, even though PSG have no intention of allowing him to leave the Bernabeu.
The five reasons Neymar wants to leave this summer
UOL have revealed the five reasons why Neymar wants to leave PSG - and some of the reasons only add weight to the argument that the South American suffers from spoilt child syndrome.
1. Getting stuck in
Neymar is fed up with players in Ligue 1 targeting him. He has received 5.7 fouls per game on average in the French top flight this season. During his time in La Liga, however, that average dropped to 3.5 fouls per game.
2. The referees
The Brazilian superstar is also unhappy with the referees in Ligue 1. He doesn’t feel they provide him with enough protection on the field. Furthermore, he’s still unhappy after being sent off against Marseille.
3. Technical level
Neymar reportedly believes that the lack of technical quality in Ligue 1 hinders his chance to win a Ballon d’Or. Pretty sure his former Barcelona teammates told him that would be the case.
4. Poor conditions
Neymar has been left surprised by the poor quality of the pitches in Ligue 1. He feels that teams in France deliberately keep their playing surfaces in rough condition being playing his team in order to prevent PSG playing their game.
5. Trips and team gatherings
Neymar doesn’t enjoy travelling to away games by bus, with PSG sometimes opting against using planes or trains to get around France.
He also doesn’t like that Unai Emery holds a team meeting on the eve of each home game.
What a diva.
Do these reasons prove that Neymar has been indulged too much throughout his life? Shouldn’t he just knuckle down and get on with his job? After all, he was the one who decided to join PSG last summer.
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