Neymar hits out at Barcelona board and claims club deserves better as 'there are directors that shouldn’t be there'

The Brazilian has criticised his former club after leaving them for PSG in a world record £200m transfer earlier this month

Jack de Menezes
Monday 21 August 2017 13:19
Neymar has criticised the board of directors at Barcelona after leaving the club
Neymar has criticised the board of directors at Barcelona after leaving the club

Neymar has launched a scathing verbal attack on his former club Barcelona and the men responsible for running the club, with the world’s most expensive player claiming “there are directors that shouldn’t be there”.

The 25-year-old completed an acrimonious move from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the month for a world record £200m, with the Spanish club publically voicing their unhappiness over the way Neymar handled his departure, having signed a long-term contract just last summer.

After scoring twice on his home debut for PSG in the 6-2 rout of Toulouse on Sunday night, Neymar took the chance to respond to the negative waves that have come out of the Nou Camp since his departure, and he took aim in particular at the board members that he encountered during his four-year stint in Barcelona.

“When I arrived, everything started well but then... at Barcelona, there are directors that shouldn't be there. I'm very sad with them,” Neymar told Football Espana.

“I had four very happy years there, but Barca deserve much better. I have a lot of friends there, I hope things get better for Barca and that they go back to being a team that can compete.”

Premier League managers show support for Barcelona attack victims

The ill-feeling between Neymar and his former club does not spread to the players, with the Brazil international still holding a strong rapport with the likes of Lionel Messi and the rest of the current side.

That positivity also extends to the Catalan city on the whole, with Neymar posting an emotional tribute to it following last week’s terror attack. Both the PSG players and their Toulouse opposition observed a moment of silence before kick-off on Sunday, with Neymar reduced to tears during the tribute to the 14 victims that lost their lives, along with those who were affected by Thursday’s events that spread to more than 130 people.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in