Neymar Jeered by Paris St-Germain Fans
The world record for a transfer was via PSG when they paid over £200,000,000 for Brazilian striker Neymar.
However last night in the league match the fans in Paris jeered the striker for what they see as denying Edinson Cavani the chance to become the club’s all-time top scorer.
The current record is held by fan favourite Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 156 goals, however Cavani is level exactly. With PSG winning the game 4-0 and even though Neymar had already scored a hat-trick he decided to take the spot kick. The Parisian team went on to win the match 8-0.
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If Cavani had scored he would have over taken Zlatan and be in the record books. Whilst he will eventually break it, probably in the next game the home fans were not happy.
Coach of PSG Unai Emery defended him after the incident:
“I think Neymar took the penalty because it was also a good day for him, we’re happy with it. But there will be lots more chances for Cavani to score more goals
However, team-mate and defender Thomas Meunier described what Neymar did was
a bit of a shame and a bit ungrateful, he could have given him the ball, it would have been a nice gesture of fair play, he did so much for the team today and the fact that the fans are whistling at him, well he didn’t take it very well. I think most players would have had the same reaction.
It will remain to be seen how the media and fans treat Neymar when they play against rivals Lyon on Sunday but given his man of the match performances we expect this incident to move on quickly.
Can PSG Progress in European Football?
Whilst PSG have some of the best players in the world, the French Ligue is not as competitive as the Premier League or Spanish La Liga. With this they win comfortably most games and therefore when they don’t win 4-0 it is a surprise. They are currently leading the table by 11 points, with the closest team being Lyon.
With the team winning 8 consective games, scoring over 30 goals only conceding half a dozen.
The test that the French champions now have is whether they can replicate this form into European Football. When they face the top teams will they increase their level. The Champions League starts again in February and Paris have been given one of the hardest tests available, Real Madrid. This is the standout tie of the round and will be watched by millions of fans around the world.
The other draws in the next round of the Champions League are:
Juventus (ITA) v Tottenham (ENG)
Basel (SUI) v Man. City (ENG)
Porto (POR) v Liverpool (ENG)
Sevilla (ESP) v Man. United (ENG)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Roma (ITA)
Chelsea (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP)
Bayern (GER) v Beşiktaş (TUR)