It’s been close to a week since the Paris Saint-Germain supporters were booing Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. at the Parc des Princes during their Ligue 1 matchup against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.
Neymar spoke on the sidelines of an event organized by one of his sponsors, which was relayed by RMC Sport. The 30-year-old admitted to having been hurt by the Champions League elimination and the booing he and others endured last Sunday.
“It was complicated days, complicated weeks for us,” Neymar said. “We didn’t want to lose. We’re not here for that; we didn’t schedule it. No one lifted the foot for that. Rather the opposite. We dedicated ourselves, we committed ourselves and trained to seek that.”
“I came back from an injury giving my life to be present at that moment. Even if it means losing, but at the less, it would be with the team. The life of an athlete is like that, he continues. One day, you are there, you lost the game, but you can reverse everything in no time. Football is rewarding because of that.”
The Brazil international had returned from his ankle for the two-leg tie but didn’t have a good overall 180 minutes. However, he did provide the assist for the first goal at home that provided PSG with the 1-0 lead heading to the Spanish capital.
Nonetheless, at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Neymar wasn’t much of a factor and didn’t contribute when the team began to fall apart, leading to the three goals in the second half, sealing their elimination fate.