Furious Neymar storms out of practice
Barcelona FC fans had more reason to fret Friday as star Neymar, who has been linked to a record $258 million transfer deal to Paris Saint-Germain, walked out of a team practice exercise after getting into a scuffle with a new teammate.
The clash, which happened in Miami ahead of the team’s friendly against Real Madrid that was scheduled for Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, involved new Barcelona right back Nelson Semedo.
According to the Daily Mail, Semedo delivered a rough tackle to Neymar during practice.
Upset with his teammate, Neymar was seen kicking at Semedo, who quickly walked away as a few other Barcelona players stepped in to calm the scuffle. Neymar, however, appeared to remain upset and tried to run after the 23-year-old Portuguese player, but he was unsuccessful as defender Sergio Busquets held him back.
After a few more seconds of tension, Neymar removed his training jersey and walked out of practice.
This kind of clash isn’t necessarily unusual in soccer.
However, because Neymar has yet to announce whether he will remain with Barcelona or transfer to PSG, it’s taking on a larger meaning.
Neymar already is said to be unhappy at Barcelona because he is sick of “playing second fiddle” to star striker Lionel Messi, according to Sky Sports, which estimates Neymar’s chances of leaving for Paris are 90 percent.
Some French media, however, are saying the deal is nearly 100 percent complete.
The reports said Neymar has committed to a five-year deal that will net him about $35 million a year. That’s more than he is making at Barcelona. According to Forbes, Neymar’s salary amounted to $15 million last season.