Injured in the ankle last month during the shock against Olympique Lyonnais, Neymar has already missed 12 matches this season. His return to Olympique de Marseille will be all the more expected.
The analysis by the International Center for the Study of Sport’s Football Observatory earlier this month was uncompromising. His calculation of the transfer value of Neymar when establishing the ranking of the most expensive players on the market had caused a sensation. According to CIES, the Brazilian, who became the biggest transfer in football history in the summer of 2017 thanks to 222 million euros disbursed by the PSG to tear it away from Barça, would only be worth 32 million.
An easy to explain downgrading according to the head of the Football Observatory, Dr Raffaele Poli. Even more than his contractual situation, the Brazilian is no longer linked to PSG for eighteen months, Neymar is paying there his repeated injuries. The former Barcelonan appears in fact as an intermittent show and the statistics are to say the least overwhelming for the native of Sao Paulo.
And the current season is no exception to the rule since if Neymar, who resumed training on Monday after almost a month of absence due to an ankle injury, should make his comeback this Wednesday at the opportunity of the Champions Trophy against theOlympic Marseille, he has nonetheless already missed 13 of the 25 played by PSG.
A terrible regularity …
It is certainly still only mid-season but it is for the moment the worst record of the Brazilian No. 10. His consistency is nonetheless to be emphasized since the Brazilian successively posted an attendance rate of 53% during the 2017-18 season, 51% in 2018-19 and 55% last season. Since 2017, Neymar has only participated since his arrival in 97 PSG matches out of the 185 matches played by the Rouge et Bleu.
And after two first seasons rotten by his two metatarsal injuries, Neymar is diversifying. This season, he tested positive for Coronavirus, received a heavy suspension, had his adductors whistling before being severely tackled by Thiago mendes during the shock facing theOlympique Lyonnais…
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