After exit from Barcelona, Neymar targets president; shocking statements grab eye-balls

By: | Published: September 6, 2017 6:28 PM

PSG striker Neymar labeled his former club Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu a "joke" as the war of words between the club's board and the Brazilian striker continued.

PSG striker Neymar labelled his former club Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu a “joke”. (AP)

PSG striker Neymar labeled his former club Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu a “joke” as the war of words between the club’s board and the Brazilian striker continued. As per Mundo Deportivo and Sport report, Bartomeu claimed Barca would be better off without Neymar this season. The comments came after his world record 222 million euro signing to Paris Saint-Germain. With Bartomeu’s handling of Barca’s haphazard transfer policy being heavily criticised, he described the loss of Neymar as an “opportunity” for Barca to rebuild their midfield rather than pile resources into a superstar front three of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

As per the report, Bartomeu said,”The trident was very good but it had its consequences.” He added,”It is an opportunity to return to the collective football in the middle of the field, which traditionally was Barca’s strength. It is an opportunity, with a new coach, a new project. We need to stop being pessimistic!” The Barcelona president also criticised Neymar and his father and agent Neymar Sr’s exit strategy.

Neymar took to Instagram and replied on this comment. He said,”This president is a joke.”

Following the incident, a vote of no confidence motion has been launched by former presidential candidate Augusti Benedito. If the motion gets the majority of support from the club’s member’s in the coming weeks it will mean the stepping down of  Bartomeu from his post.

The departure of Neymar from Barcelona sparked a shopping spree from the Catalans, who landed 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele for an initial 105 million euro fee from Borussia Dortmund and Paulinho for 40 million from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. However, the Spanish giants missed out on Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho and blamed the rampant inflation in the transfer market caused by PSG and Manchester City.

La Liga has asked UEFA to investigate both PSG and City for breaches of financial fair play rules. “Qatar and Abu Dhabi are two countries that have two clubs,” added Bartomeu. “If Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid or Arsenal buy a player from you, you know (the money) comes from football. But these two clubs distort the market.”

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