Neymar’s transfer to PSG ignited a lot of ruckus over the summer as he was splitting apart a successful trio to move to a relatively ‘lowly’ league.
The idea for Neymar was to shine bright in PSG’s campaign and hopefully lead them to a Champions league title in a bid to break the Ballon d’Or duopoly.
A match up against Real Madrid in the CL Round of 16 and an injury to Neymar meant that all of PSG’s and Neymar’s dreams were flushed down the drain.
PSG though did win the Ligue 1 title with a 7-1 win over Monaco this weekend, but Neymar wasn’t in attendance, in fact he was playing poker in Brazil while watching his team clinch the league title.
Duggary, who won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with France ripped Neymar apart for his lack of leadership, as he thought he should have been present with his team during the title triumph.
“How come he was not there for the title-winning match? How can he claim to be a leader?” Duggary said.
“Take up an individual sport if you want to navel gaze.
“On top of that, he was playing poker! How can the club accept that? He spat on PSG here.
“How can you shake the hands of your teammates when you behave like that? If I was a PSG supporter, I would be mad with anger.” he added.
Drawing comparison with his Barcelona days, Duggary said that Neymar wouldn’t have done such a thing whilst wearing that Barcelona shirt.
Neymar though expressed his regret for not being able to be with his teammates during the title triumph.
“It is very bad to see my team score, win a title and I am not able to be there, but my health is above this” Neymar said.
Neymar has been hit hard by the injury during a crucial time in the season but is looking at the upside of it, as this allows him to be 100% fit and well rested for the World Cup in Russia.
“I will have enough time to arrive well at the World Cup and be prepared,” the Brazilian said
“It’s terrible to be injured, but I am more tired. We have to look at things from the good side.
“I’m trying to come back better that I was. There are certain doubts, at times I still feel it [the injury], it was my first surgery. I will come back very well, giving my best.
“From the moment I start training, I will give, I will dedicate myself even more because it’s a dream that’s coming, it’s the World Cup. I’ve waited four years for this opportunity, and now it’s close.” he concluded.
Neymar hopes to be fit enough for the Coupe de France final against Les Herbiers on May 17, if PSG win their semi-final against Caen.