Fu­ri­ous Ney­mar storms out of prac­tice

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY MARISSA PAYNE marissa.payne@wash­post.com

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.

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