'Neymar Left Barca Because Of Messi'
'Neymar Left FC Barcelona Because Of Lionel Messi'
A former FC Barcelona player believes that Brazil international Neymar left the Blaugrana to get out of Lionel Messi’s shadow.
The 25-year-old Brazilian shocked the world when he decided to move to Paris Saint-Germain for a transfer record fee of €222 million (R3.4 billion) back in August.
France international Jeremy Mathieu, who left the club a month before Neymar did, feels that his former teammate wanted to start competing for Ballon d’Or titles and couldn’t achieve that while Messi was playing alongside him.
"At no moment did people think he was going to leave Barca," he told EFE. "But that's football, it's like that... it's his decision.
"My opinion is that he left Barca because he was behind Leo. I think he wants to win the Ballon d'Or and at the moment he's happy in Paris because he's scoring goals."
The former Santos star has made six appearances for his Ligue 1 side, scoring five goals and assisting in a further five more.
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