With regard to his teammate Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar has been accused of “stabbing [Lionel] Messi in the back.” Neymar departed FC Barcelona in the summer of 2017. After the team’s €222 million ($237.2 million) release clause was exercised by the giants sponsored by Qatar.
Although president Joan Laporta failed to find a way to work around the rigorous La Liga salary ceiling and offer him a new deal four years later. The Brazilian was alleged to have played a significant role in Messi departing the Catalans and deciding to join him at the Parc des Princes on a free transfer.
By the year 2023, both men’s futures in France are in doubt.
After Messi’s initial two-year contract expires on June 30.Sources have stated that Neymar will be sold for as little as €50 million ($53.5 million). Which has reportedly attracted Chelsea’s interest. Messi is rumoured to be considering departing as a free agent at that time.
When PSG is on the verge of losing the Champions League to Bayern Munich. The team that defeated them in the 2020 final. And Neymar is once again sidelined with an injury at the most vital time of the season. The Catalan daily El Nacional has accused Neymar of “stabbing Messi in the back.”
This has been proposed because Neymar has decided against leaving PSG while under contract there through 2025.
If Neymar stays, Messi’s ability to play in Ligue 1 will be all but impossible as PSG tries to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
It was claimed last week that Messi has no plans to exercise an optional extra year in his contract.
Because the Parisians, or more precisely the Qataris, are unable to give him the same stated €30 million ($32 million). As he already earns and are aiming to cut his salary.
The player’s father and agent Jorge reportedly indicated that he does “not think Leo will play for Barcelona again,”. Putting the focus on a transfer to Inter Miami in the MLS rather than a potential return to Barca.
Such claims against Neymar seem a little harsh. Especially given that PSG is reportedly experiencing tensions between some of its players and athletic director Luis Campos behind the scenes. Nonetheless, it now appears to be more likely than not that both South Americans will walk to new teams before 2023/2024.