Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Neymar may have played his last game alongside Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, according to South American football expert Tim Vickery. Neymar has been ruled out for up to four months after undergoing ankle surgery, effectively ending his season with the forward not expected to return to first-team training until pre-season. With speculation rife over Messi’s contract at PSG, which is set to expire at the end of the season, it could see the attacking trio of the Argentine alongside Mbappe and Neymar split up this summer. PSG lost 3-0 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night, failing to score across both legs in the round of 16.
Vickery expressed concern for Neymar’s future, stating that he is worried about what the future holds for him. He also questioned whether anyone would pay big money for him with his injury record, especially in a league as physically intense as the Premier League. There has been talk of Neymar moving to the Premier League with Chelsea, but Vickery cannot see the Blues forking out big money to sign the former Barcelona star.
Neymar has missed 102 games through injury at PSG during his time with the club. In 2021/22, he made 22 appearances in Ligue 1 – the most matches he has played in the league in a single season since making the move from Barcelona in 2017. Vickery believes that if PSG go out of the Champions League, it could mark the end of an era at PSG, with the end of the Mbappe, Messi and Neymar era, where Neymar got overtaken by Mbappe in the whole project.
PSG’s loss to Bayern Munich means that Christophe Galtier will have been wishing Neymar was at his disposal while the 31-year-old has been linked with a Chelsea transfer in recent weeks. However, Vickery is concerned about Neymar’s future given his recurrent ankle injuries. He wonders what his future holds and whether he will be able to continue playing at a high level.
In conclusion, Neymar’s latest injury has raised concerns about his future at PSG and whether he will be able to continue playing alongside Messi and Mbappe. With his injury record, it remains to be seen whether any club will be willing to pay big money for him in the future.