Report: Former Barcelona President Blames Neymar’s Departure as the Club’s Setbacks

Since the summer of 2017, it’s all gone downhill for FC Barcelona, and it began with Neymar Jr. deciding to bolt for Paris Saint-Germain. 

After the Brazil international decided to take his talents to the French capital, Barça has spent three years trying to replace him with little success. With the Spanish club unable to find his replacement, they’re now blaming him for their misfortunes. 

Okdiario reports that former Barça President Josep María Bartomeu and the rest of the board members agree that the source of their setbacks lies with Neymar’s departure as the origin. 

The Spanish media outlet adds that Barça has spent €400-million trying to find a player that could fill the shoes that Neymar left behind but to no avail. The loss of talent has led to some disastrous results in the UEFA Champions League against AS Roma, Liverpool FC, and FC Bayern Munich. 

Furthermore, they’re not only feeling the loss of Neymar on the pitch. Since his departure, Barça sees a decline in both marketing and kit sales, the report states. Then there’s the ongoing saga over whether or not the Brazil international will return to the Spanish club that hasn’t gone over well with Bartomeu and his board. 

Nonetheless, it’s not Neymar’s fault that Barça has gone after terrible transfer targets to try and replace him, gone through various managers, and depended solely on Lionel Messi to get them out of situations. Overall, it seems like the 28-year-old left on a lifeboat as the Titanic began to sink. 

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