In a recent interview with RAC 1, Josep Bartomeu revealed that it is unlikely that Barcelona go after Neymar this summer. The club seemed to be interested in his services last year as well. A move did not go through though, and it is beyond far-fetched that it happens this year given the financial situation brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Neymar joined Paris Saint Germain in July 2017 for a world-record €222 million transfer fee, after completing four brilliant seasons in Spain. During this time he formed a lethal partnership with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez which was dubbed as the best-attacking trio the world of football had ever seen. The ‘MSN’ were the primal force behind Barcelona’s incredible 2014/15 treble-winning season.
Neymar reportedly left Barcelona in search of personal ambition, but it has not fared out well for him. Not so far, at least. His first season in the French capital ended with him making a mere 20 appearances while registering 19 goals and 13 assists. His returns were phenomenal, but he was out for a major part of the campaign through an ankle injury and has missed games every year through the same.
Reports started linking him back to Barcelona and these rumors have sent the club and the fanbase into turmoil. However, they may have finally come to and this time, club president Bartomeu declared that it would be challenging.
“Such an operation is unlikely because the situation of all the clubs in Europe is very difficult.”
– Josep Bartomeu, Barça president
Barcelona have six forwards on their payroll, not including Francisco Trincao and Pedri who are set to join the club once the season calls curtains. Lautaro Martinez, too, is likely to be included in this frontline, which leaves virtually no space for Neymar in the Barcelona team. Moreover, attempting to sign the 28-year-old would ruin Barça’s wage bill and financial structure even more.
After undergoing surgery this year, Ousmane Dembele is also expected to return to the team as fit as he was when he arrived and has reportedly hired a physio to help him with the same. This could be Dembele’s chance to stay and make that left flank his own in 2020/21.
Ten Barça attackers are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
The renowned magazine France Football has brought the nominees for the attacking positions for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team lineup to light. The line-up is structured as a 3-4-3, with left-wing, centre-forward, and right-wing positions in the attack. Of the 30 nominees for the offensive positions, ten players have had the opportunity to defend the Blaugranas colours.
List of the ten Barça attackers that are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
- Rivaldo. Left-wing. 1989-2015.
- Thierry Henry. Left-wing. 1994-2014.
- Histro Stoichkov. Left-wing. 1982-2003.
- Ronaldinho. Left-wing. 1998-2015.
- Johan Cruyff. Centre-forward. 1964-1984.
- Romário. Centre-forward. 1985-2009.
- Ronaldo Nazario. 1993-2011.
- Samuel Eto’o. Right-wing. 1997-2019.
- Lionel Messi. Right-wing. 2003-2020.
- Luis Figo. Right-wing. 1990-2009.
Without a doubt, each of the players on the list has played an important role with different stories in the history of FC Barcelona, and all the nominees deserve a place in the team. However, it will be nearly impossible to have a front-three of Barça’s players due to the great competition in each position.
Even though France Football is recognizing the greatness of the aforementioned legends, the magazine has lost huge credibility for Culés, with players like Luis Suárez, Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, and Gerard Piqué failing to receive a nomination for the ‘Dream Team’.
Source: France Football