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Neymar didn’t leave Barcelona to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow, says his father

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It was actually a ‘complex situation’ apparently

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Neymar’s dad has been talking about the Brazilian’s decision to leave Barcelona and reckons it was not because he wanted to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow.

The forward left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017, although he now seems to be in Kylian Mbappe’s shadow.

Neymar Sr. has insisted his son’s departure wasn’t to do with Messi but then didn’t really offer another explanation either.

“It was not to get out of Messi’s shadow,” he explained.

”It was a very complex situation.

”We were asked for help to give visibility to a league. If you look between the lines, it’s much greater than only Neymar’s ambition.”

Source | Marca

Neymar has since been regularly linked with a move back to Barcelona, and even Real Madrid, but his dad also insisted he wasn’t going to the Santiago Bernabeu.