For what seemed like a profitable—and very expensive trade, the Brazilian international star Neymar has actually missed a countable half of PSG’s matches since his move from Barcelona back in 2017.
The trade, having a record-breaking cost of €222 million, had been thought to be a monumental move for the team to help influence their winning record.
However, due to unforeseen injuries like a fractured metatarsal before the 2018 World Cup, questionable fitness, and a Champions League suspension after his referee outburst, Neymar has missed 63 out of 126 games where he was set to represent PSG.
From an uncompleted registration filing for PSG’s first opening win against Amiens to being unfit for this season’s 4-0 home win over Toulouse, the reasons have been plenty and frustration from both sides have run amok.
These absent past two years have made it so Neymar was left off a few important lists, including the 2019 Ballon d’Or.