If there’s one thing Barcelona is certainly not, it’s cold. Having shivered in the shadow of Lionel Messi in Catalonia, Neymar is warming to life in Paris. It’s not looking like the frosty bleak mid-winter ahead for the Brazilian that many predicted.
In fact, it could be quite toasty. By the time Spring arrives, he could already be well be on the way to two colossal honours.
When the 25-year-old pushed through his move from Barca to the new money kings of world football, the knives were out.
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They still are, despite settling into life in the French capital without the slighted hint at need time to acclimatise.
Last night, came more evidence of the need for some to see him struggle. The £198m man was again quizzed about Real Madrid links. He finally had enough, snapping: ‘For ****’s sake. Have you got nothing else to talk about?’ at reporters.
Losing his cool, for some of his detractors , is enough to suggest he’s not coping, not happy and is regretting his record breaking move.
The reality is that – even if Neymar was keen to return to Spain and run the gauntlet of hate back in La Liga – he couldn’t.
The reported €600,000 a week deal – which equates to an eye-watering £3,200 an hour – is watertight.
PSG are no mugs, they wouldn’t have been involved in any suggested game-playing shenanigans that some within the game suggest is going down.
The accusation stands that Neymar is taking a year away from Spain so it waters down a move to Madrid following his Barcelona exit. Basically, doing what Luis Figo should have done.
To suggest Paris would be suckered into such crafty high-jinks would be to only further underestimate the new rich kids of the block.
The Spanish giants should both assume the French are a force, and won’t disappear as quickly as they arrived.
Neymar knows they’re a big player, and a club which could set him on the way to his personal goal.
Released from the shackles of team-mate Messi, and with enough miles between him and Ronaldo, the platform is there for him to go on and become the world’s best.
With age on his side, he can see the end of the road appearing for his two great rivals to the crowd he desires.
Neymar has eyes not just on the Champions League in his first year at PSG, but the personal triumph of the Ballon d’or, an accolade which would duly arrive if he were to lift the European Cup in Kiev, Ukraine, right at the end of May.
That would give those pesky post-match reporters something else to really talk about.