According to Muricy Ramalho a former coach of Neymar, the Brazilians move to PSG has only hurt the player’s legacy and not helped it.
Neymar made the world record 222 million Euro transfer from Barcelona to PSG back in the summer of 2017.
It was Neymar stepping out of the shadow cast by the great Lionel Messi.
While he has excelled in Ligue 1, the rest has been nothing but a pipe dream.
There is no doubt he has set French football alight but made little impact when it has come to European competition.
When it comes to comparisons with Messi, Neymar is not even a part of the same conversation.
The entire summer was spent, attempting to secure a move away from Paris in an effort to rebuild his declining image and stature as one of the world’s best.
However, Muricy Ramalho who worked with Neymar at Santos, the club that gave him his big break, fears that the damage has already been done.
In an interview reported by goal.com, Ramalho feels that Neymar’s move to PSG has removed him from the top echelons of the footballing world.
“For me when Neymar was at Santos he was on top and in Barcelona too.”
“Barcelona and Santos were the best for him. PSG, not so much.”
Ramalho doesn’t mince his words when it comes to the quality of the French league.
“Even scoring goals matters little because the French championship is weak.”
There is still much debate if Neymar will ever return to Barcelona.
The talk of unrest in the dressing as players is divided on the idea.
The ongoing court battle between the player and the club.
Plus the split was by no means a civil one and was widely publicised as acrimonious.
On a potential return, Ramalho continued:
“It is difficult to bring him back.”
“Firstly, because it was difficult to see him leave, secondly because of how he left.”
“There are people from the club and the members who do not want him to return.”
“If it is for sports, Ney is one of the best in the world, but I understand all the other factors.”
If Neymar is to regain the prodigous status he once had playing alongside Lionel Messi and against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo week in and week out.
Then PSG is apparently not the place for him to be.
The question is, would that perception change if a Neymar inspired PSG were to dominate on a European or global level rather than just domestically?