Two weeks ago, viewers of Ligue 1 saw a rather interesting squabble between Paris Saint-Germain stars Edinson Cavani and Neymar Jr. over a spot kick. However, unlike that event, the latter was seen taking the penalty during their latest league match against Bordeaux.
Back then, the duo sparked an argument, initially when the French giants were awarded a free-kick against Lyon, which was eventually taken by the Brazilian. However, when Neymar won a penalty later on in the match, the Uruguayan refused to hand over the ball, which created one of the most bizarre scenes so far into the season.
This was soon followed by numerous reports that claimed that the Brazilian international had demanded PSG to let go of the striker, and that the club president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, had offered the former Napoli man a sum of €1 million to hand over his penalty duties to Neymar, which was rejected.
However, despite all the facade, the pair was seen being quite friendly during their side’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League. This continued on to their fixture against Bordeaux, where Neymar was seen taking the penalty, as they ran out victors at a convincing scoreline of 6-2 on Saturday.
Following the full-time whistle, Thomas Munier explained why the former Barcelona man was allowed to take the penalty, as he told the reporters: “It was arranged with the coach before today. If there had been another penalty, it would have been for Edi (Cavani).”
Both players were seen hugging and shaking hands after the talented winger converted the penalty.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.