Is Neymar a popular figure in the PSG dressing room?

13th Feb 2018

Neymar has not shied away from the limelight since joining Paris Saint-Germain. And nor was anyone expecting him to, having opted to step out of Lionel Messi's shadow in an effort to prove himself as a standalone talisman.

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The Brazilian was clearly well liked at Barcelona, with several seemingly heartfelt tributes sent his way after news broke that he was off to the French capital.

But can the same be said in the Parc des Princes dressing room? Neymar's recent form cannot be questioned, but he's also acquired the knack of rubbing a few people up the wrong way.

A well-publicised spat with Edinson Cavani over penalty taking duties confirmed that for Neymar it is strictly business on his mission to secure the Ballon d'Or. There was no room for sentiment when he snatched the ball off of his colleague before slotting home.

Boos rained down from the stands and, despite Thomas Meunier labelling said supporters' behaviour 'disgraceful', speculation continues to grow that Neymar's spell in France will proved to be short lived.

The team does not seem to be dividied but it is difficult to believe feathers have not been ruffled by the Brazilian's theatrics and reported preferential treatment behind closed doors.

After all, footballers are egotistical folk. And Madrid, who PSG face in the Champions League this week, have already started to play to Neymar's apparent itchy feet.

There's no 'I' in team but Madrid do not appear to be concerned.

Madrid president Florentino Perez has been laying it on thick and recently told Spanish radio: "Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d'Or.

"Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so. Everyone knows I wanted to sign him."

Marcelo has put his cards on the table too and recently said: "Would Neymar fit at Real Madrid? He would fit, for sure. It would be great if he came to Real Madrid."

The Spanish giant's transfer cog is starting to whir. Even though Neymar may not necessarily be Mr. Popular, it doesn't seem to be a deterrent.

PSG defender Thiago Silva hasn't been able to shed much light on the subject: "He still has a lot of things to do with us, and he has already helped us a lot.

"Thanks to him and the work we do together, we are even more famous."

Scoring on Wednesday night would be likely to secure Neymar a few more friends at PSG, but it could prove to be a double-edged sword for the French club.

A stellar performance may also help the Brazilian win over a few more doubters in the Spanish capital, edging him towards another big-money move.

Either way - don't be surprised if the Brazilian writes himself into the headlines at the Bernabeu.