He’s the world’s most expensive soccer player but fans of the French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were none too pleased with Neymar on Friday.
PSG supporters buying merchandise at the club’s official store outside the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France expressed their disappointment with Neymar.
The 27-year-old Brazilian joined the club in 2017 from Barcelona after a record transfer payment of $246.2 million but has been impeded by injuries in the past two seasons.
It has been reported that the star player wants to leave PSG, with Spanish football expert Guillem Balague telling BBC Radio 5 Live that Neymar would willingly drop from a $42.1 million pay packet to $25.5 million to be able to leave.
PSG fan Yohan Tuil, 38, was not happy that Neymar may want to leave Paris: “For me, he’s not Parisian any more. He has to go. He has to go because he’s said too much. The sooner he leaves, the better. For everyone.”
Belgian fan Laan Azijn, 66, said she found Neymar’s performance on the pitch “too dramatic” and said that she was not a fan of the player.
The PSG merchandise store has stopped selling Neymar shirts in anticipation of his departure, with only two left in stock.
Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid have both made unsuccessful offers to PSG for Neymar. Barcelona FC, Neymar’s team from 2013 to 2017, are believed to have offered $110.9 million for him, as well as offering Philippe Coutinho as a replacement.
Real Madrid player Gareth Bale and Barcelona FC’s Ivan Rakitic are also said to be in the running to replace Neymar at PSG.