Strong words from Neymar on Sunday as he claimed that Barcelona “have board members that shouldn’t be there” and suggests that his former team are no longer amongst the elite sides in Europe.
Neymar left Barca to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record €222m earlier in August, and the Brazilian appeared to support calls for Josep Maria Bartomeu’s management to step down as they made him ”very sad”, while the club “deserve much better”.
“When I arrived, everything started well but then… at Barcelona, there are directors that shouldn’t be there. I’m very sad with them,” he said in the mixed zone after his two goals in PSG’s 6-2 win against Toulouse.
“I had four very happy years there, but Barca deserve much better.
“I have a lot of friends there, I hope things get better for Barca and that they go back to being a team that can compete.”