It is typical to see players swapping jerseys at the end of games. Sometimes, players often ask for the jersey from another talent out of sheer appreciation for the performance. In other instances, a player just wants to get a piece of history and have the jersey of one of the best players in the sport. However, it is not every day that a manager asks for the jersey for an opponent’s player.
This situation happened to occur during Paris Saint-Germain’s fixture against Angers. With PSG minutes away from clinching a convincing home win, Angers manager Stephane Moulin decided to ask Neymar for his jersey at the end of the match. Neymar agreed, but of course, Moulin was hit with criticism as to why he would ask an opponent this, especially when his team was about to lose by a five-goal margin.
Moulin responded to the critics (via RMC Sport) as to why he wanted Neymar’s jersey.
“I admit I was impatient,” Moulin said. “There were three minutes left, but this approach had no impact on the result of the match. I am the father of an 8-year-old boy who is passionate about football, to whom I had promised Neymar’s jersey. I regret the interpretation that was made of it but I will learn from it.”
Moulin and Neymar must certainly each agree that the criticism from this was blown out of proportion.
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