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From fanfare and riches to tears and injuries – Neymar’s PSG soap opera

first_img0Shares0000Neymar’s every move in his first season in the French capital has been closely scrutinised © AFP/File / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 28 – Neymar’s dramatic first season at Paris Saint-Germain since his world-record move from Barcelona last August took another twist this week, with a fractured metatarsal set to rule him out of the Champions League clash against Real Madrid.The 26-year-old arrived in the French capital amid much fanfare with hopes of becoming the best player on the planet, but among his goals and strong performances have come tears in a press conference, ‘penaltygate’, a red card against Marseille and now a cracked bone in his foot. Episode 1: Sh 27bn (222 million euros)Neymar’s PSG soap opera followed a close-season transfer saga that was almost a mini-drama series in its own right. After plentiful rumours and bluffs from both PSG and Barca, the Brazilian star eventually signed for the French team on August 3 for Sh27bn ($264 million), dwarfing the previous record transfer fee.Episode 2: Ligue 1 goalfestsAfter a debut goal at Guingamp, Neymar showed off the full range of his skills in a 6-2 thrashing of Toulouse at the Parc des Princes. The forward scored two, set up another and won a penalty to immediately endear himself further to the home fans. Goals followed in the Champions League wins over Celtic and Bayern Munich, before another double in a 6-2 thumping of Bordeaux continued his excellent start in the French top flight.Episode 3: ‘Penaltygate’It didn’t take long for controversy to rear its head, though, when Neymar tried to take the ball away from strike partner Edinson Cavani before the Uruguayan took, and missed, a penalty against Lyon in September. What should have been a trivial matter was blown out of proportion, with Neymar also claiming he was the designated penalty-taker.Episode 4: Red mist descendsThe following month, Neymar combusted in a dramatic 2-2 draw at PSG’s arch-rivals Marseille. He was sent off for a second yellow card after clashing with Lucas Ocampos, with only a late Cavani free-kick rescuing a point. PSG fans questioned whether Neymar understood the importance of their great rivalry with OM.Episode 5: Tearing upRumours of fall-outs with Cavani and PSG coach Unai Emery all became too much for the Brazil captain after an international friendly against Japan in Lille, with Neymar giving a tearful press conference. “I’m here to ask you to stop creating stories that didn’t happen,” he begged the French media. “Everything is going well in Paris, I’m very happy here.”Episode 6: Injury strikes before RealAfter Neymar had failed to prevent PSG from falling to a 3-1 defeat in their Champions League, last-16 first leg at Real Madrid, he injured himself late in a 3-0 win over Marseille. The former Barcelona man was stretchered off in anguish, before PSG confirmed he had sprained his right ankle and fractured a metatarsal. The injury leaves his hopes of facing Real in the return game on March 6 all but over, despite Emery’s claims he still has a “small chance” of recovering in time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more