Now it’s official: PSG’s Project Neymar has failed
Paris Saint-Germain’s investment in Neymar is unprecedented in the history of the sport – some €222 million paid in a transfer fee to Barcelona plus a reported €700,000 per week contract. And while PSG won the French Ligue 1 title yet again, the season overall cannot be said to have been a success for the club or for the world’s most expensive player ever.
In their other domestic competitions PSG saw their Coupe de la Ligue campaign end at the quarter-final stage by Guingamp while Rennes beat them on penalties to win the Coupe de France in April. That match ended in disgrace for Neymar, who punched a fan on the walk for his silver medal, and in the process earned a three-match domestic ban.
Neymar also earned a three-match European ban for his reaction to PSG’s elimination from the Champions League by Manchester United. He was by that stage injured, having suffered a kick to his foot in a Coupe de France game against Strasbourg back in January.