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Where will Neymar be Next Season?

May 24, 2018

- Grant Whittington

When Neymar left Barcelona for PSG last summer in a world record £200 million move, there were many who thought that the Brazilian forward would currently be preparing for a Champions League final appearance in Kiev.

After all, his move to PSG was supposed to help the striker establish himself as the world’s best player, while simultaneously transforming the Parisians from being seen as a secondary team on the European stage to the dominant team in the Champions League.

Instead, Neymar, who enjoys total earnings of $28 million per annum and has a net worth of around $73 million, has been left kicking his heels while preparing for the Russia World Cup in June.

But what’s next for the striker, and what has he been up to recently?

Kicking back and kicking off: will Neymar really leave Paris?
Neymar’s 93.4 million Instagram followers will note that the striker’s recent posts have been a quite reflective, with the latest featuring him in a striking pose with his girlfriend Bruna Marquezine.

The image was captured as part of a marketing campaign for C&A Brasil, for whom the beautiful Marquezine works as an underwear model. Accompanied by the message “flirting around like this is so much better. Thanks, @cea_brasil for these moments with her”, Neymar seemed to welcome a break away from the pitch as rumours about his future continued to spread across Europe.

More specifically, it’s becoming increasingly likely that Neymar will leave PSG this summer, although the Parisians’ recent appointment of former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel may yet have an influence on the striker’s decision.

At the heart of this is the player’s desire to establish himself as the world’s best player and ultimately win the Ballon d’Or, with Neymar’s initial move from the Nou Camp inspired by his wish to “emerge from Lionel Messi’s shadow” and become the heir apparent to the Argentinian legend.

Is Neymar destined for Madrid?
Despite Neymar’s association with the Catalan club, there remain a number of sources linking Neymar with a world record summer move to their bitter rivals Real Madrid. On a fundamental level, this would represent a good move for both sides, particularly given Los Blancos’ recent record in Europe and the fact that Ronaldo will turn 34 next year.

Former Barcelona legend Rivaldo is the latest to have his say, with the Brazilian suggesting that Neymar should move to either Madrid or the Premier League if he’s to achieve his career objectives.

It’s arguable that only the Manchester clubs and Chelsea would have the finance to purchase Neymar and it’s hard to see him fitting in to Pep Guardiola’s unique style of play.

This marks Madrid as his most likely destination this summer, with his Parisian adventure almost certain to come to an end after a single season. Much will depend on his performance for Brazil at the World Cup of course, but there’s no doubt that at 26 years of age Neymar’s next move will have a significant bearing on the trajectory of his career and his ability to emerge as the best player in the world.

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