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Neymar: Lionel Messi and I lived through hell at Paris Saint-Germain

Brazilian star Neymar says he and Lionel Messi experienced “hell” during their time together at Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar who joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for €222 million, recently left the club to join Saudi side Al-Hilal. The 31-year-old forward won many domestic titles with PSG but failed to win the Champions League.

Neymar was joined by his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi in Paris in 2021. The Argentina superstar also left PSG as a free agent this summer and joined Inter Miami in MLS.

In an interview with Globo, Neymar claimed he and Messi experienced hell in Paris, and they failed to make history at Parc des Princes.

“I was very happy for the year he had, but at the same time very sad, because he lived both sides of the coin. He went to heaven with the Argentina team, won everything in recent years, and with Paris he lived hell. We lived through hell, both he and I. We get upset, because we’re not there for nothing, we’re there to do our best, be champions, try to make history. That’s why we started playing together again, we came together there so we could make history. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it.”

Neymar: Messi was unfairly treated at Paris

Neymar said Messi was unfairly treated by PSG fans, but deserved to finish his career with a World Cup trophy.

“Messi left in a way that, for football, he didn’t deserve. For everything he is, everything he does, anyone who knows him knows, he is a guy who trains, who fights, if he loses he gets angry, and he was unfairly treated in my opinion. But at the same time I was very happy that he won the World Cup. As you said, football was fair this time. Since the Brazilian team lost, Messi deserved to end his career like this.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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