It seems money cannot buy you happiness after all as reports are emerging that Paris Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar is already unhappy at the French club and regrets having left Barcelona during the summer.
The Brazilian’s €222 million move to the Ligue 1 giants raised many an eyebrow during the transfer window as the sheer magnitude of the the fee took many by surprise.
Having forced the move through, despite Barca’s objections, the 25-year-old secured a deal that will see him earn obscene amounts of money at the cash rich club and enable him to cement himself as the alpha male in the side.
Playing alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona, the talented Brazilian was never going to be top dog at the Catalan club and many believed this was one of the main reasons for his forced exit to France.
Following a bright start to life in Ligue 1, Neymar has scored ten goals and provided a further seven assists already this term so you would expect he would be happy with his new life in France.
According to Catalan TV station La Porteria, however, things are not so rosy in the garden for the striker, with reports of unrest, dissatisfaction with coach Unai Emery’s tactics and a public falling out with Edinson Cavani over penalty taking duties.
Translating the Twitter updates, it reveals that,
“NEYMAR. #lamarteria has been able to know that the Brazilian regrets having left Barça and misses his life in Barcelona.
“The player is unhappy with Emery and his methods. The player’s environment does not feel comfortable in Paris either.”
The star saw red on his last outing for the club against Marseille and Emery has stated that while his player was subjected to repeated fouls during the game, he must learn how to deal with the on-field attention he will receive in the French league.
“”He’s an intelligent player, conscious of all that he suffers. Last Sunday will teach him a lesson.
“Marseille players pushed him, fouled him. It’s important referees control that. But he should not fall victim to the provocation, although I understand players are humans.”
Should the rumours of unrest be true, PSG bosses will hardly be thrilled about the prospect of their eye-wateringly expensive star being unhappy at the club he moved to only a few month ago.
Could this be a case of the grass not being greener on the other side after all?