The ex-PSG star has slammed the Brazil international for his slow start to the 2021-22 season.
“has become a spoilt brat” atPSG
, insisting that the €222 million (£190m/$257m) star’s style of play at Barcelona was “cleaner”.
Paris Saint-Germain spent a world-record fee to acquire Neymar’s services in 2017, investing in the Brazilian who has established himself as one of the best wingers in the world when he was playing at Camp Nou.
The Brazilian winger has contributed to 10 domestic trophies at PSG but with injury struggles and disciplinary problems off the field he hasn’t lived up to his price tag.
At Barcelona there was a structure,"
the former PSG midfielder has told Le Parisien.
"[Neymar] had a cleaner style of play, although he dribbled more.
"His job was to break the defensive line, make the difference and pass the ball to General [Lionel] Messi. He did it so well that he became his 'alter ego'.
"In Paris, they gave him the keys and they let him do what he wanted. In one moment, he was lost.
"He is a great player, no one can dispute that, but he has become a spoilt brat and he bosses everyone around."
Since the beginning of the new season, Neymar has continued his inconsistency, having met the back of the net only once and contributing two assists during his first nine games for the Ligue 1 giants.
Lionel Messi’s presence has even done little to bring the best out of Neymar, who hasn’t found the target in his side’s 2-0 loss at the hands of Rennes either.
Mauricio Pochettino took him off in the second half, and he was quizzed about his decision after the game.
The PSG boss told reporters about whether Neymar’s physic was below the required standard:
"No that’s not it. We had five days [since the match against Manchester City]. We had 25-30 minutes of very good quality. We had control of the game.
"We conceded the goal on top. When we start the second half, we are immediately 2-0 down, it’s a different game afterwards."
The 29-year-old will feature for his side when they prepare to face Angers after the international break.
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