Can Neymar fulfill his potential after PSG debacle?

The number of questions about Neymar’s plans is surging as the rumours about him leaving the French Champions Paris-Saint Germain are flying all around. The Brazil international is undoubtedly one of the most hyped players of the century. Whereas some people think he is quite an overrated player, Neymar decides to answer these criticisms with his form and style of play. 

The uncertainties regarding the Brazilian winger’s continuation have posed an intriguing question in front of him. What will his next step be?

Neymar’s kick-off from Santos

From a very young age, Neymar was passionate about playing football. He landed at Santos F.C. in 2003, and it turned out to be a crucial point in his career. His rise to prominence at Santos, having been promoted to the first team in 2009 at 17.

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He made necessary contributions to the club in winning the 2010 Campeonato Paulista and was also named the best player of the competition. His performance attracted attention in abundance from several European clubs, and fans started comparing the young boy with the Brazilian legend Pele. He even clinched the FIFA Puskas Award for his goal against Flamengo during the Brasileirao Serie A. 

From Santos to the Blaugrana and his time at PSG

This transfer has been under fire quite recently as the transfer done in 2013 is considered fraudulent. Neymar moved from Santos to F.C. Barcelona at a transfer fee of €57.1 million on 27 May 2013. However, Neymar quickly became an essential player for the Blaugrana. The Brazil international played alongside prominent figures like Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. At one point, the attacking trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar was considered to be nothing less than a nightmare for the opposition defenders. The fans celebrated them as the ‘MSN’ trio. 

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The Brazilian winger’s transfer to Paris-Saint Germain, on 3 August 2017, for a record-shattering €222 million made him the most expensive transfer in the history of the game. During his debut season, Neymar joined the impeccable attacking line-up of PSG, with the teenage forward Kylian Mbappe and Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. Yet, he faced several issues at the French club, including injuries and disciplinary actions for missing out on training. Many experts and analysts consider the transfer a total waste. It failed to help PSG win the UEFA Champions League. The 30-year-old’s contract with the Ligue 1 Champions is now intact till 2025.

Plans after PSG

As of now, there are various rumors that the PSG winger is set to leave the club this summer, and all everyone can think about is where he will land next. One of the major problems is the high level of pay he receives.

The City manager Pep Guardiola denied reports about Neymar moving to Manchester City. Juventus and Chelsea are some of the likely options for him, but the same issue of salary comes in. Reports say that the Brazil international is desperately looking for a return to La Liga. This gives his former club Barcelona to bid for his return. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more updates.

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