Why Neymar Decided to Leave
There were a few reasons behind Neymar’s decision to consider a future elsewhere, but one major moment that sparked this sequence of events was when Lionel Messi signed a new contract at Barca to extend his stay until 2021.
There is no suggestion that any problem exists between Neymar and Messi. In fact, the opposite is true as they have a very good relationship both on and off the pitch.
However, Neymar had been weighing up his chances of being the best player in the world and knew this was becoming more problematic.
From Neymar’s point of view, he was not going to become the best player in the world if he was not even the best player at Barcelona. And for the next four years, that was going to be the case.
He came to the realisation that if he is to become regarded as the globe’s No. 1 player, he would have to move on.
One of the other reasons Neymar became so intrigued by a switch to PSG was the Brazilian bond that already exists within the walls of the club.
Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Lucas Moura and now Dani Alves are all on board in Paris.
Such factors can mean a lot to players when considering a transfer, and this was clearly an important issue in Neymar’s decision-making.
It is also thought the ambition and direction of PSG became appealing at a time when some issues with Barcelona officials were starting to bother Neymar and his father.
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