Neymar Genuinely Forgets Football Is Happening, Ignores Pass And Waves To Crowd Instead
Neymar can divide opinion. I mean, just look at his antics at the World Cup this summer.
He might have proved his quality throughout the tournament, helping Brazil to the quarter-final stages, but a collection of dives worthy of Olympic Gold spoiled the party.
Mexican side Club Tijuana have since introduced the 'Neymar challenge' at half-time, with fans racing from the half way line to the end of the pitch by rolling around. Seriously just take a look.
It's fair to say that the Brazilian is prone to the odd 'controversial' incident and in a truly bizarre moment during PSG's narrow 2-1 win over Liverpool on Wednesday night, Neymar once again grabbed the headlines.
For the good and the bad...
The 26-year-old may became Brazil's all-time leading scorer in the Champions League after scoring the second against Jurgen Klopp's men - that's the good.
He also completely ignored a pass from teammate Presnel Kimpembe because he was too busy waving at the Parc des Princes crowd - that's the bad.
Have you ever seen anything like this before? How can you possible lose possession by reacting to the crowd?
Neymar picks the very worst time to get the crowd pumped up :joy:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 28, 2018
The pass just rolls right by him :see_no_evil: pic.twitter.com/1mlLuICqh3
Neymar was also slated on social media for play acting throughout the tie as Thomas Tuchel's side picked up an important three points.
It's fair to say many were unhappy with his antics. Here's just a few comments:
Watched the whole game and what a farce it was. Diving, face holding, histrionics from the Brazilians [particularly for PSG]. It spoils the spectacle & rhythm of the game. And how many times was Veratti in the refs face, and on a yellow card from early on!?- Rob (@EuroLeaguesFan) November 28, 2018
Imagine Roy Keane's reaction to this! :rage:- My Greatest 11 :shirt: (@MyGreatest11) November 28, 2018
That's his bonus for interacting with the crowd- Jack Dolan (@JackDolan24) November 28, 2018
Behaviour clauses are not uncommon in football. In one specific example, Mario Balotelli had a £500,000 bonus included in his Liverpool contract as long as he behaved on and off the pitch.
In Balotelli's case, his temperament had been a prominent issue throughout his career so offering an incentive may have been seen as a shrewd move by some. In contrast, some of Neymar's clauses are downright ridiculous.
Due to Ligue 1 having no kind of fining system, players are given bonuses based on their conduct. According to Envoye Special, one category included is 'ethics bonuses',
Neymar will reportedly receive a bonus of $375,000 per year for greeting PSG fans before and after games.
In addition to this, a clause is also included that Neymar will receive $2.5 million per year if he doesn't criticise management in public.
Some fascinating bonus clauses in #PSG player contracts.- Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) November 9, 2018
Because of a lack of a fines system in Ligue 1, they pay players to behave:
*€2.5m/yr for not criticising manager's choices
*€375k/yr for greeting fans before/after games
*€2m for Balon D'Or top 3 finish pic.twitter.com/7KIbK4ysSX
So maybe he was just interacting with the crowd for that bonus?
I joke, but the incident is really, really bizarre.