Injury hell, ranting after Manchester United loss and vilified for punching a fan… how Neymar’s year from hell has panned out after Copa America blow
- Neymar picked up an ankle injury in a friendly against Qatar on Wednesday night
- That means he will not be fit in time for the Copa America in Brazil this summer
- It continues an incredibly difficult year for the Paris Saint-Germain forward
Neymar’s year of hell continued on Wednesday night after he was ruled out of the upcoming Copa America after picking up an ankle injury.
It continues a trend that has seen the world’s most expensive footballer crash from problem to problem both on the pitch and off it and fail to make the impact most would expect of him.
He has struggled to carry Paris Saint-Germain to the level expected, suffered a series of injuries and found himself punished by governing bodies for his off-the-field antics.
Neymar has been ruled out of the Copa America after injuring his ankle against Qatar
Sportsmail has taken a look at Neymar’s difficult 2019 and the moments that have hit him the hardest.
There have been constant injury problems
The year began as it has continued. Towards the end of January, he picked up a foot injury during the game against Strasbourg that meant he missed out on the Champions League clashes with Manchester United. It ruled him out until March, meaning he would be unavailable when, presumably, PSG advanced.
The forward picked up a foot injury during PSG’s clash against Strasbourg in late January
He was banned for a rant at the officials after the Manchester United game
It did not work out like that. PSG won at Old Trafford but conspired to lose to United at the Parc des Princes and got knocked out of the competition. Neymar was pictured pitchside looking shocked. After the match, he went on a rant over the VAR penalty decision, saying: ‘This is a disgrace, they put four people who know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR. It’s just not possible!!! How is a guy going to hold his hand behind his back. Go f*** yourselves.’ He was given a three-match ban.
Neymar had to watch from pitchside as PSG were eliminated by Manchester United in Europe
Neymar hit out at the VAR decision from the officials following the game against United
He punched a fan after losing the French Cup
He eventually returned from his injury and took part in the tail end of the domestic season for PSG. But when he took part in a losing effort in the French Cup final, it went south again. After losing to Rennes, he was filmed seemingly punching a man in the chin after pushing his phone down. The man had been mocking the PSG players as they went to collect their medals. The fan supposedly suffered a bloody nose and Neymar picked up a further three-match ban.
Neymar reacted badly after a fan mocked PSG’s players following their French Cup final loss
He appeared to aim a punch at the fan and knocked his phone out of his hands in the process
He seems to be unhappy at PSG
There has been constant chatter at the same time that he is unhappy at PSG and looking for a route out of the club. There have been suggestions he wants to join Real Madrid or go back to his old side Barcelona. Their failures in Europe have clearly upset him. Dani Alves made that clear in May: ‘He is not happy, since he didn’t get the results he wanted and that brings him unhappiness.’
There has also been a lot of talk that Neymar is not particularly happy at Paris Saint-Germain
And now he’s out of the Copa America
On Wednesday night Neymar was taking part in a routine friendly against Qatar ahead of the Copa America. However, he suffered a ligament rupture in his right ankle during the game and ended up leaving the pitch and the stadium in tears. ‘Neymar will not have the physical conditions and sufficient recovery time to participate in the Copa America Brazil 2019,’ Brazil’s FA said. That means he will miss out on the chance to win a trophy with his nation in their homeland, to cap off a terrible six months.
He will now miss out on a Copa America in his homeland after picking up another injury