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Neymar ‘Uncomfortable’ at Remaining in Lionel Messi’s ‘Shadow’ at Barcelona

Barcelona superstar Neymar is reportedly “uncomfortable” being in Lionel Messi’s “shadow” at the Camp Nou and is said to be looking to move away from the club.

According to Sport, interest from across Europe in signing Neymar, 25, has increased this summer, leading him to be “unsettled” and potentially open to the idea of joining Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid, where he could claim more individual glory.

Sport added he has been told by some of his advisers, “by the side of Messi you will always be second, you will always be in his shadow,” and noted that the one major gong he has not won in his time with Barca is the Ballon d’Or.

Brazilian Neymar has endured a hugely successful four seasons at the Camp Nou since his move from Santos in 2013.

He has won two La Liga titles, a UEFA Champions League, the Copa del Rey three times, the Spanish Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

He has also formed one of the most devastating attacking units of all time with Messi and Luis Suarez.

However, reports that Neymar could be tempted away from the Camp Nou have been ever-present. Last summer, PSG were said to have agreed a deal to sign him, per AS (via French football writer Jonathan Johnson):

Meanwhile, United manager Jose Mourinho tried to convince him at the end of 2016-17 to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford, per Sport‘s report.

Barca are at a relatively low ebb at the moment having fallen early in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds last term and lost their La Liga title to Real.

It does seem conceivable Neymar could be tempted away to find glory elsewhere, but only a huge offer could persuade Barca to sell.

Per Sport, his release clause is currently set at €200 million (£175 million), rising to €250 million (£218.8 million) by 2020.


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