Neymar Jr. joined PSG for whooping €222m in the summer transfer window and a Barcelona defender has revealed the reason behind his departure.
The Brazilian’s decision to leave Barcelona for a world record move shocked the entire football world. And despite Barca’s unbeaten run in the league, the Catalans have not successfully replaced the winger.
Neymar had a great relationship with his team-mates at the Camp Nou and has maintained it even after his transfer. The Catalan defender, Gerard Pique has now revealed that he holds no grudge against the Brazilian and knows the reason for his move.
“You try to do the best for your club and you also create relationships and friendships – with Neymar my relationship is really strong.” Pique said while talking to Telegraph.
“Even though it really hurt the club when he left. As a friend, I could understand his decision and why he wanted to go to Paris.”
Pique had previously tried his best to keep Neymar at Barcelona with his infamous “Se Queda” tweet.
Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017
The defender has admitted that personal glory was indeed the reason why Neymar left Camp Nou.
“They need more motivation, they want to fight for new things. I know Neymar wanted the Ballon d’Or so I think it is fair he left for Paris where he will be the main star.”
“If he does a good job in the Champions League and in France he has options to win the Ballon d’Or.”
Neymar was the hero of Barcelona’s historic comeback against PSG and played a crucial role in his trophy-laden 4-year career at Barcelona. But the winger was always “Under Messi’s shadows” and could never replace the Argentine as Barcelona’s main-guy.
The Catalan club signed Ousmane Dembele for a club record fees €105m. But the Frenchman’s absence due to injury has forced Valverde to shift to the 4-4-2 formation. The club has performed well under new tactics as they are unbeaten in both league and Champions League.
The Brazilian has also been on fire in Paris with his 15 goals and 9 assists in 18 appearances. But the Brazilian’s real test will be in February when the Paris-based club will take on Real Madrid in the Round of 16 in Champions League.
Barcelona has really handled Neymar’s departure properly and he is doing great at PSG too. But was it worth moving from a historic club like FC Barcelona to a club which is still in the building process, only the time will tell?