Neymar Jr couldn’t come back to Barcelona only due to his father’s greed. Javier Bordas, who served as a director on the Barcelona board under Josep Maria Bartomeu at the time.
A year ago, a Brazilian forward could be heard leaving PSG and returning to Barcelona, then at the next moment news of some trouble would come. Neymar himself has publicly stated his desire to return.
But in the end Neymar did not return to Barca. Remained in PSG, last season also raised PSG in the Champions League final.
Not only father and son, Neymar Sr. and Neymar Jr. have another relationship. Neymar is senior, meaning Neymar’s father works again as Neymar’s representative. Neymar Sr. sat down with the PSG in August last year to discuss the transfer of Neymar’s team. Such is the claim of Bordas.
‘We tried in every possible way (to get Neymar back). I came very close to signing the contract. I also persuaded PSG. Earlier, they did not agree on anything in the case of Veratti, Marquinios or Thiago Silver.
They are not clubs to sell players. But we have come so close that Neymar has come and gone, and so have we, ”said Bordas in Barcelona-based Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo.
But even after going so close, why didn’t Neymar change his team? “Neymar’s father made a difference in terms of money just before the deal was finalized, but the two clubs did not agree,” Bordas explained.
According to the Brazilian media UOL Esporte, Neymar has a good relationship with Bordas. Bordas also went to Paris last year with Barcelona’s then chief executive Oscar Grau and sports director Eric Abidal to talk to PSG about bringing Neymar back.
Lionel Messi is rumored to have played a key role in Barcelona’s move to bring Neymar back last season. In the previous season, in the 2018–19 season, after leaving the Champions League semi-final with Liverpool in disgrace, Messi called Neymar and said that Neymar would be by his side to win the Champions League in Barcelona.
The Brazilian forward, who went to PSG for an average of 222 million euros in the world record of the transfer in August 2017, was not even thinking about Paris, he was looking forward to returning to his ‘home’ Barcelona.
When Neymar could not be brought to Barcelona in the end, there was a rumor in the Spanish media that Messi was unhappy. Messi said in an interview that he did not know whether the Barcelona board and Bartomeu really tried their best to bring Neymar back.
Now, Javier Bordas’s words also indicate that Messi was really angry, ‘I think Messi still feels bad about this because he thought he (Neymar) could be brought in, but he didn’t.’
Not only Messi, but other Barcelona players were ready to make the same sacrifices to get Neymar back. Bordas said Neymar himself had agreed to a pay cut, saying “some players were willing to give up part of their salary so that Neymar could be returned.
However, in order to keep pace with the rules of financial compatibility or the rules of La Liga, everyone had to waive a certain portion of their salary. Twice the opportunity arose for Neymar to return, and he himself agreed to pay a lot of salaries.