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Neymar “regrets” leaving Barcelona for PSG, claims former teammate

By William Eldridge

Published: 12:24, 9 April 2019

Neymar “regrets” leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, according to former teammate Adriano.

The 27-year-old left the Catalan giants to join the Ligue 1 outfit in the summer of 2017 after spending four years playing in La Liga.

Did Neymar make the right choice? Five things you need to know…

  1. Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona for a reported world-record transfer fee of €222 million.
  2. The Brazilian made 186 appearances for Barca, scoring 105 goals, averaging a goal every 1.77 games.
  3. Since joining the Ligue 1 side, Neymar has amassed 53 appearances and scored an impressive 48 goals.
  4. Neymar has helped PSG win the Ligue 1 title, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue but they are still searching for Champions League success.
  5. Former Barca teammate Adriano is adamant that Neymar regrets swapping Spain for France.

Adriano – who spent six years with Barcelona, bagging himself 189 appearances – has revealed that he has recently spoken with Neymar regarding his views on swapping Spain for France two years ago.

The Brazilian claims that Neymar – like most players who have left the club – regrets his choice of leaving the Nou Camp.

He told Spanish radio show El Larguero: “I spoke with Neymar three weeks ago.

“Everyone who has played for Barcelona and left has regretted it and I think, for him, even more so than most.”

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Important few months for Barca

Under manager Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona look to be on course to complete yet another historic season on both domestic and European fronts.

Their recent 2-0 win over La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid has almost secured another league title, with Barcelona currently sitting 11 points clear of the chasing pack.

They face a Copa del Rey final against Valencia at the end of May but before then Valverde’s side have the small matter of taking on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United in the Champions League.

All that silverware and domination for Barcelona, while PSG have little competition on a domestic level and have yet again disappointed on the European stage.

It isn’t hard to imagine that Neymar could have been made to think twice about his decision.

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