Brazilian sensation Neymar has been in the headlines for the past few months for his rumored exit from French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Neymar, who was reportedly unhappy at the club, had requested for a move away from the French capital.
Following months of developments, no concrete move materialized, as the transfer window shut down.
Here are further details.
Back to Barca
Neymar expressed desire to move back to Barcelona
Neymar had reportedly expressed his desire to move back to Spain and play for his old club Barcelona.
Barcelona too was interested in bringing Neymar back, as he was even ready to pay €20 million of his own as a part of the transfer fee.
However, Barca failed to complete the deal due to unknown reasons, leaving Neymar stranded in Paris for now.
Real Madrid too decide to opt out of Neymar
It was also reported that Real Madrid too were interested in Neymar and were vying for his signature.
However, instead of just jumping in, they did consider the fact that being injury-prone would do the side no good.
Also, the expense was a concern, since the estimated asking price was €500 million for a permanent deal, as Madrid chose to back out.
Naymar has struggled to click at PSG following record transfer
Neymar was a part of the world record transfer from Barcelona, as PSG had paid €222 million in 2017 for the Brazilian, while he earns €36 million per year.
However, since then, he has mostly remained injury-prone, while he has also embroiled himself in off-field controversies, with the latest one being a rape allegation, which was subsequently dropped against him.
Hits and misses
Neymar a hit in Ligue 1, but lacks UCL success
Considering Neymar's hits and misses in PSG so far, he has been a hit in Ligue 1.
He has played 37 league matches and managed to score 34 goals, while in total, he has played 58 matches in PSG and has scored 51 goals.
However, he has missed UCL dearly since his arrival, having played just a game and managing to score none.
Neymar has brought a lot of money to PSG
"PSG are a young club who need a big media profile to help them develop. That is what Neymar has brought, just like Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] or [David] Beckham before him," said Jerome Neveu to AFP, French sports marketing specialist.
Neymar should aim at restarting life at Paris
Neymar is set to be left frustrated, sad and angry following his failed move out of PSG.
Although his life might be unsettled in Paris for now, it is never too late to restart.
Thus, the author advises Neymar to cut the distractions and focus only on football.
Given his caliber and kind of talent he possesses, he is surely to shine at PSG.