Is Neymar a happy man today in Paris? The question can legitimately be asked because due to his many injuries, the number 10 owner has not always had moments of joy in the French capital. There was almost a breaking point in the summer of 2019. Just two years after he arrived at Paris Saint-Germain for a record sum that remains to this day €220m, the Brazilian had desires elsewhere, such as the point where there was long talk of a return to action. Barcelona. This series continued all summer, until the end of August, and the Collies saw that the Parisian administration rejected all their attempts. This stormy and painful episode was talked about by the star in his documentary “Neymar the Perfect Chaos” and shown in the last hours on Netflix.
“When I decided to leave PSG, it was not because of the fans or the club. I just knew I would feel better somewhere else.”He begins, arguing that he did not find his inner happiness here, in particular because of the pressure that was placed on him. “I want to leave the club, I don’t want to stay here but I have to be happy, I’m training and ready to play. Because if I play a bad game, nobody says: ‘Paris played badly’. No, everything falls on Neymar’s shoulders. Losing in the Champions League.” Or in Ligue 1, if I’m on the field, it’s a loss for Neymar, not for the team. It’s a burden on me and I know I’m responsible.”The Brazilian regrets in this series in three episodes.
Paris Saint-Germain retained Neymar despite an offer from Barcelona
As his father spoke. The person who plays the role of his son Impressario also remembers the facts of this famous 2019 transfer period. On the screen, we see him discussing with Neymar and his future, telling him that he is talking with Barcelona and then confirming that there is an interest in his return. The Brazilian wants to return to his old life, the one in which he played with his friends Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. “We tried to reach an amicable agreement but we couldn’t leave”, slide after a while father. In an interview also in this documentary series, former Auriverde agent Wagner Ribeiro supports the thesis that PSG did not want to lose Neymar for geopolitical reasons, sparking Qatar’s interest in keeping him at all costs.
There is nothing that can be done, PSG refuses to sell the Brazilian. The latter should be dissolved and discovered after the transfer window in early September, but still in complete turmoil, Parc des Princes, the Paris shirt on the shoulders. He is whistled profusely by the part of the fans who do not support his whims. “I couldn’t believe it. And with that. I arrived, my name came up, I touched the ball and I was booed.” But against Strasbourg that day, he’s a bit happy. “Honestly? I love this atmosphere (laughs). I don’t know… when people are against me… I think of myself. I believe in myself. I think I do it, and I will succeed. I don’t care about their feelings.”
Neymar’s unexpected return against Strasbourg
This sunny late afternoon seems to have been written previously by the greatest screenwriters. While Paris Saint-Germain, led by Thomas Tuchel, is on course to concede a sad home draw in a poor atmosphere, Neymar is the receiving end of the last ball from Abdo Diallo and sends an unstoppable acrobatic comeback from the left. He displays a 1-0 win over his team in the last seconds, silencing part of the stands, while another shouts his joy. The number 10 smiles and celebrates sarcastically, while his teammates line up to congratulate him. Is it time for redemption? I’m not sure to believe his comments he made in the mixed zone that day. “I know I will never feel at home here.” Today, it was Messi who came to Neymar, which will probably make him happier…