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We are outsiders and so we can only speculate. I’ve been asked a few times in recent weeks why I thought Neymar was leaving Barcelona for Paris and have come to different conclusions. One question that kept coming to mind was why would a player who seemingly has everything want change? He is with one of the best clubs in the world, he has won many trophies with them, they pay him well, the fans love him, as do his teammates. How could it get any better? Well, I think that for the best of the best athletes it comes down to an uncontrollable need to constantly improve...Continue reading »

At the press conference announcing Neymar’s arrival in Paris, PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, twice declared that his club had secured the best player in the world: “I am very happy to present our big star, an idol to the whole world. We have always wanted Neymar. He is the best player in the world and now he is ours. “We did not buy Neymar because Barcelona wanted Marco (Verratti). We simply wanted the best player in the world.” (ESPN) It is fairly common for clubs to make such comments about their stars. For instance, Jose Mourinho used to do it...Continue reading »

At the press conference announcing Neymar’s arrival in Paris, PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, twice declared that his club had secured the best player in the world: Neymar spoke to to ESPN about his decision to join Paris Saint Germain. He talked about how much enjoyed playing with Lionel Messi, whom he refers to as the best player in the world. But he also said that the reason he decided to leave his great teammate and the great Barcelona behind was because he wanted new challenges: “It has been difficult to leave Barcelona.I was very well adjusted...Continue reading »