Why Neymar should have stayed at FC Barcelona

1) World Cup Year

For the same reason that every player refrains from the idea of a move abroad in the world cup year, Neymar too should have resisted the temptation of moving to Paris. While Neymar, unlike others, is virtually guaranteed a place in the Brazilian national side for the world cup next year, there are reasons why the move is not coming at an ideal time. A failure to settle in Paris could, in turn,  prove disastrous for Neymar on the pitch. As such, any loss of confidence would mean Brazil would be weakened despite their stars’ presence. Neymar’s importance to Brazil was exemplified during the last edition as the Selecao fell apart in his absence in the seminal against Germany.

Prove disastrous for Neymar on the pitch. As such any kind of loss of confidence would mean Brazil would be severely weakened despite their stars’ presence. Neymar’s importance to Brazil was exemplified during the last edition as the Selecao fell apart in his absence in the seminal against Germany.

2) PSG are not Champions League favourites

While the Parisians have heavily invested in their project of becoming European champions, the club are still miles away from reaching that level. Their 6-1 defeat at Camp Nou last season was not as much about performance than it was about the mental resilience. A lack of experience at that level caused PSG to lose their heads and concede three in just six minutes. It is hard to imagine a Real Madrid or Barcelona side falling at the same rate as PSG’s. Neymar’s signing would be a statement of intent; nevertheless, it will only give the club so much. After all, football is a team sport. Barcelona, Bayern and Real are a level above every club in Europe. Therefore joining PSG does not seem such a good idea after all for Neymar.

3) Heir apparent to Lionel Messi

The Brazilian was signed to support Lionel Messi in the attack and then eventually replace the Argentine maestro. Despite all the talk about Messi’s age and several good years ahead of him, the Argentine has resorted to a more central role in recent seasons, partly due to a lack of Xavi Hernandez in the midfield. Nevertheless, Messi’s central role has allowed Neymar to flourish in the attack. He tormented Juve’s defence in the recent pre season friendly. He was the reason behind Barca successfully overturning a 4-0 deficit against PSG last season. This proves that Neymar can shine in Messi’s presence, maybe even outshine Messi at times.

4) Playing style might not suit other leagues

Manchester United were also touted as a possible destination for the Brazilian sensation. However, for all his qualities, Neymar’s proclivity to go down easily could do great harm in the Premier league or Ligue 1 for that matter. He has become accustomed to a certain playing style at Barca and might find it hard to get used to the playing style of PSG, who often tend to sit deep rather than play the free flowing possession football that Barca are known for playing.

5) Mésqueun club

Despite Neymar’s lack of boyhood attachment with Barca, he has become the club’s son thanks to his unbelievable skills and reliability. The club have always stood up for him despite him being criticised for diving or showboating. As Neymar joins PSG in a mammoth deal, he will be earning millions; however, would miss out on the incredible El Clasico. The Ligue 1 derby would be less than a shadow of El Clasico for Neymar. Like Ronaldinho, Neymar had the chance to write his name in Barca’s glorious history, but now that he is leaving for PSG, that hope has been washed away.