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Neymar risks further enraging PSG after picking Barcelona win as career highlight

Brazil striker has already fallen foul with his club after failing to turn up for pre-season training

Neymar has been in Brazil for his foundation, Neymar Institute, and insists PSG gave him permission. EPA
Neymar has been in Brazil for his foundation, Neymar Institute, and insists PSG gave him permission. EPA

Brazilian striker Neymar has risked further enraging his club Paris Saint-Germain after picking Barcelona's famous Uefa Champions League win over the French champions as the highlight of his career.

Asked by online sports channel Oh My Goal about his best changing room memory, the world's most expensive player chose the aftermath of that win.

"We all went crazy afterwards. I think it was the best possible feeling for all of us," the Brazilian star said in the interview, which was posted on Saturday.

Neymar was speaking in Sao Paulo ahead of his belated return to the club on Monday, after insisting last week that he had prior agreement from PSG to stay in Brazil to help his foundation, the Neymar Institute.

His comments are set to further strain his relationship with the club.

He wants out of the Parc des Princes and would prefer a return to Barca, but is struggling to find suitors due to the €222 million (Dh920m) capital splashed out to ,sign him from Barcelona two years ago.

The chances of him rejoining the Catalan giants are further complicated by Antoine Griezmann's arrival from Atletico Madrid for €120m.

When Neymar missed last Monday's first training session PSG issued a statement declaring they would take "appropriate action" against the star.

Sporting director Leonardo has nevertheless said that "Neymar can leave PSG if there is an offer that suits everybody".

Barcelona's famous rout of Paris Saint-Germain took place in the final 16 stage of the 2017 Champions League.

PSG had won the first leg of that Champions League last 16 tie 4-0 and were seconds away from the quarter-finals.

Neymar scored in the 88th and 91st minutes of the famous match before setting up Sergi Roberto for a winner five minutes into stoppage time.

That sealed their 6-1 win over PSG, who then shelled out the world-record fee to bag the Brazilian the following summer.

"What we felt when we scored the sixth goal I've never felt anything like that, it was incredible," Neymar told Oh My Goal on Saturday.

Updated: July 14, 2019 02:31 PM

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