Though Neymar has been at PSG since 2017, word on the street was that he considered returning to Barcelona only two years later. Recently, a fellow Brazilian legend admitted that rumor was true.
In a shocking turn of events, Neymar decided to leave Barcelona in the summer of 2017. The Brazilian was at the peak of his career and part of a powerful attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. But PSG made the offer too good to turn down.
While the Ligue 1 club handed Barca $244 million, making Neymar the most expensive signing in history, Paris Saint-Germain also made the winger the face of the team. He received a warm welcome in the French capital, received a number 10 shirt and received a huge payday at the same time.
Even so, things did not go exactly as expected. Neymar was affected by injuries and mainly failed to lead PSG to the coveted UEFA Champions League title. He is said to be considering a return to the Camp Nou in 2019, which was recently confirmed by fellow Brazilian Kaká.
Kaka reveals Neymar wanted to go back to Barcelona
“We’re close friends. I spoke a lot with Neymar and of course he had a bad time at PSG the year he wanted to return to Barcelona,” Kaka told Bein Sports, via Diario As. However, the Brazilian legend claimed that’s part of the past now.
“Today he’s happy. He thinks about the long-term project at PSG. Year after year the team gets stronger, they’re building more cohesion to win something really important like the Champions League, and he’s happy in Paris and at PSG.”
It would make sense if Neymar reconsidered his future at the Parc des Princes by then. Though he was excited at the time of moving to France, he later realized that the league wasn’t as popular as LaLiga and that he couldn’t succeed in Europe on his own.
However, the outlook is different now. Paris Saint-Germain may have yet to win the Champions League, but Neymar has Lionel Messi as a teammate again and things on the pitch are going much better.