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Neymar is said to have cried and asked Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to pull the plug on his world-record move to PSG, just days before it was finalised.
News of Neymar moving on in the summer came out of nowhere quicker than a Randy Orton RKO and before you could say 'Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting', the £198 million transfer went through.
In his new surroundings, as the main man in Paris, Neymar has been in irresistible form, scoring 11 goals and chipping in with seven assists. Despite a few reported squabbles, the former Santos man has maintained that he is perfectly happy in the French capital and no regrets over his decision to make the switch.
However, Spanish football analyst Marco Lopez, writing for MARCA, as quoted by 101 Great Goals, says that Neymar did get cold feet about the transfer when he realised it was actually happening. He also says that Neymar's father and agent was the driving force behind the move.
"Days before he informed Lionel Messi that he was leaving Barcelona, he confused Gerard Pique into his 'Se Queda' tweet following intimate moments with all those who he'd preferred to have stayed with at the Camp Nou," Lopez writes.
"Neymar, as witnesses attest, wept on two occasions when attempting to break his deal with Paris Saint-Germain, asking club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to pull him out of the move.
"He [Neymar Sr.] was everywhere at once and liked that his son was the centre of attention, that he was on the front pages of every newspaper, listing the clubs falling at his feet to play for them."
In other Neymar news, tunnel footage from Tuesday night's friendly between Brazil and England has given us a great insight into the motives behind his decision to join PSG
As the 25-year old walked out with his Brazilian teammates, he soon approached the young mascots and perhaps to their surprise, the 25-year-old then began chatting with several of them.
One mascot then asked Neymar why he decided to move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and his reaction is priceless:
To his credit, the Brazilian gave an honest answer as the two teams prepared to go toe-to-toe. "To make the French league the best." Neymar told the mascot.