The footballing world was shaken on Tuesday by a report from Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler claiming that Barcelona superstar Neymar has accepted an offer to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and now we have more details from Bechler himself.
There are three main factors that attracted Neymar to join PSG this summer. Again, this is all according to the report:
- Ballon D’Or chances. Neymar believes he cannot be recognized as the world’s best player by staying at Barça during Lionel Messi’s prime. There are no problems in the relationship between Neymar and Messi, and the two are very good friends on and off the pitch, but the Brazilian thinks his chances of winning the Ballon D’Or will improve if he moves to PSG and leads the French club to success in Europe.
- PSG sporting project, including Dani Alves and Marco Verratti. Dani Alves is one of Neymar’s closest friends in football, and seeing the Barça legend move to PSG helped Neymar make the decision to play in Paris next season. PSG also guaranteed to Neymar that they will keep Marco Verratti, who’s been heavily linked with a move to Barça. The prospect of being the star of a world-class squad with one of his biggest friends in a World Cup year was too good to reject, according to the reports.
- Salary. Neymar recently signed a new contract with Barcelona and is making €15 million a year in wages. While there’s no reported figure, Neymar would get a much bigger salary with PSG that would make him the highest-paid player in football.
What do you think, Barça fans? Do you see Neymar leaving for the three reasons mentioned above?