Neymar is still recovering from injury, but he didn't cover himself in glory when revealing how he was watching his club capture its league championship.
Some Paris Saint-Germain fans have reacted angrily to star player Neymar, after the Brazilian ace posted an Instagram photo of himself playing online poker during his side's 7-1 thrashing of defending champions Monaco which secured PSG the Ligue 1 title.
Neymar joined the Paris-based club in the summer from Barcelona in a world record deal worth a reported €222m. The 26-year-old scored 28 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions for Unai Emery's side before his season was cut short after he suffered a metatarsal injury against Marseille in February.
He returned to Brazil to undergo surgery on his right foot and is expected to recover in time for the World Cup in June.
Despite his prolonged absence from the squad, PSG were still able to reclaim the French title with a resounding 7-1 demolition of defending champions Monaco at the weekend. Giovani Lo Celso and Angel Di Maria both scored twice while Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler chipped in with a single goal.
Monaco forward Radamel Falcao diverted the ball into his own net, while Rony Lopes’ 38-minute goal proved to be a mere consolation for the away side.
The Brazilian superstar, who is recuperating in his home country, posted a picture on Instagram during the game, with the caption reading: "I really wanted to be closer to you guys — Congratulations! Come on, Paris!"
However, the match appeared to be on in the background with the star paying more attention to a game of online poker. Some fans weren't best pleased:
Neymar not at the Parc to celebrate his team's (and employer's) title because he's playing poker.— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) April 15, 2018
I'd suggest the fact that that kind of thing is allowed to happen goes a long way to explaining their failure to progress in the Champions League.
Neymar le plus scandaleux c’est pas le Poker, c’est qu’il soit pas présent au stade...— Quentin ⭐️⭐️🤙🏻 (@billlelQ) April 16, 2018
Entièrement d'accord avec @Nabil_djellit ! La non présence de Neymar, puis sa photo en train de jouer au Poker sur Instagram ne sont pas des signes positifs envoyés envers son club. Neymar doit retrouver la forme, mais également son esprit au Brésil. #PSG #equipedusoir— Emmanuel Trumer (@EmmanuelTrumer) April 16, 2018
Paris ils ont mis 7-1 ils sont champion de france on dirait ils ont gagner un match de milieu de saison face a une DH wsh, meme neymar prefere jouer au poker😂😂😂 non vraiment les parisiens venez meme plus parler foot avec moi— CHAMPI⚽️N DU M🌍NDE !!❤🇫🇷🌟🌟 (@AJER0ME) April 16, 2018
Despite only arriving in the summer, Neymar has been constantly linked with a move away from Qatari-owned club in recent months - Manchester United are one of the latest teams to be dubiously linked.