Stay or Go? Neymar Has Huge Decision to Make as Barcelona Refuse to Offer New Contract

Monday July 24th, 2017

Barcelona superstar Neymar has been a give a huge decision to make as his career hits a major crossroads. Should he stay at Barcelona where it could be years before he leaves Lionel Messi's shadow, or does he take the plunge and join Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that will make him the most expensive player in history by a considerable margin.


Speculation about the Brazilian's future has exploded over the course of the last week, with Neymar seemingly ready to accept a €222m move to France where he will be paid on a par with what Messi is now earning at Camp Nou after his recent contract extension.

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It is believed that, aside from playing second fiddle to Messi on the pitch, Neymar was frustrated when he was told upon signing a new contract and committing himself to Barcelona a year ago that the club couldn't afford to pay anyone the kind of money that Messi is now thought to be on.

But if the Neymar camp is using the threat of leaving as leverage for a fresh contract they are likely to be out of luck as, according to Sport, there will be no improved terms on offer.

Barcelona seemingly have no intention to negotiate with Neymar or PSG, who are allegedly willing to pay his release clause. As such, the Brazilian's future is now solely in his own hands.

He could potentially achieve everything he wants at PSG, particularly if he can drive the French club to break their duck in the Champions League. 


But French football is seen as a step below Europe's elite leagues - highlighted by its secondary weighting in the European Golden Shoe rankings - and he would likely be slated for walking away from a challenge.


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