The honeymoon period sure didn’t last long for Neymar and PSG after reports of problems off the pitch with Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani have emerged.
Less than two months into the season and things have soured between the Brazilian and his teammates.
The fallout between Neymar and Cavani over a penalty is not over. A bit over a week ago we were all witness to the argument between the two over who would take a penalty in their game against Lyon. Neymar wanted to take the penalty but Cavani, being the official penalty taker, did not oblige.
According to reports, the two needed to be separated in the dressing room.
The drama didn’t end there as Diego Forlan chimed in defending his compatriot.
In an interview with Uruguayan radio station, Radio Sport 890, he said, “Cavani deserves respect. He has been scoring goals for years and taking penalties, there has to be respect.”
Forlan went on to mention that Neymar would not have done this to Lionel Messi. He also threw in a shot to Alves who refused to give the ball to Cavani during a free-kick. Instead, Alves waited for Neymar and gave the ball to him.
Forlan said, “What does not make sense is what Alves does, he doesn’t give the ball to Cavani but gives it to Neymar as if he were his b****.”
Alves, as outspoken as he is, responded back via Twitter.
Alves wrote, “”I don’t know what match you were watching, but for your information, I didn’t take the ball away from any of my teammates. It was just the opposite, it was taken from me!”
He also went on to tell Forlan to not start any drama in his name.
As if that wasn’t enough, El Pais came out with an article claiming that Neymar now finds himself alone at PSG.
The report claims that PSG owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, offered Cavani €1 million euros to let Neymar take the penalties. The Uruguayan refused.
El Pais also writes that the Brazilian has lost allies in the dressing room as some of the veteran players at the club have become annoyed with the player’s antics on and off the pitch. That the player missed their game last weekend isn’t going to help matters. PSG were held to a scoreless draw against Montpellier.
The honeymoon period is over for player and club. Cavani is not Messi and is not going to indulge Neymar on his wishes on the pitch.
The Brazilian is a fantastic player but is prone to these types of antics. Barcelona saw it first-hand when he would miss games to attend his siter’s birthday parties.
It will be up to Unai Emery and the captains of the club to settle the dispute. They have to if PSG intend to win the Champions League. After all, that’s the reason why they signed both Neymar and Mbappe.