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Neymar wilts in Madrid as superclub tie descends into Disneyfied dystopia | Jonathan Wilson

The Brazilian repeatedly ran down blind allies as PSG appeared incoherent in the face of Real and Cristiano Ronaldo’s efficiencyTwo super-clubs! The most successful club in European history! The other a club that has just arranged the two most expensi…

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Football transfer rumours: Neymar to ditch PSG for Real Madrid?

Today’s whispers are spinning platesHaving spent the past few months making himself even more popular than Raymond Domenech with the French public, Neymar has decided that he needs a fresh challenge. His gap year in Paris has been a lovely, life-affirm…

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What is the point of super-rich football? | Letters

Just six clubs – Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris-Saint German – dominate European football, writes Will GobleBarney Ronay’s excellent article about Neymar (Sport, 20 January) sums up all that is wrong with mod…

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The PSG-Neymar show rolls on – but is it more celebrity than sport? | Barney Ronay

Watching the Brazilian score four goals in PSG’s 8-0 thrashing of Dijon this week was breathtaking but a lack of tension is not good for anyoneAn hour into Paris Saint-Germain versus Dijon at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday there was a scramble in th…

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Neymar was superb but PSG’s 8-0 win raised more questions about unity

Neymar scored four goals for Paris Saint-Germain as they thrashed Dijon but his attitude does not make things easy for his managerBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsOn Wednesday evening at the Parc des Princes, Neymar spent the ma…

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Barcelona lose unbeaten record while PSG fans boo four-goal Neymar

• Messi misses penalty in 1-0 defeat to Espanyol in Copa del Rey • Neymar booed by supporters despite 8-0 thrashing of DijonLionel Messi had a penalty saved as triple Copa del Rey holders Barcelona suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Espanyol in a quarter-…

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The top 10 footballers on the planet in 2017 – video

Luis Suárez, Antoine Griezmann and Alexis Sánchez are out of our top 10 but who has made it in? Will our 169 experts select Cristiano Ronaldo at No1 again or has Lionel Messi done enough to reclaim top spot in 2017?The 100 best footballers in the world…

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Unai Emery’s lack of control could kill PSG’s hopes in the Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain can waltz through domestic fixtures, but their selfish culture of player power will not cut it in the latter stages of the Champions LeagueBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“The protagonists are the players.” …

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Neymar shows usual signs of magic but is unable to dominate for Brazil

The world’s most expensive footballer lit up Wembley at times until England’s dogged resistance meant his influence faded as the game went onWith 23 minutes gone on a room-temperature night at Wembley Neymar did something beautiful, delicate and almost…

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Brazil fear Neymar petulance could put a brake on march to World Cup

Tite, the Brazil manager, gives Neymar a warning after PSG’s star player gets red in Marseille followed by yellow against JapanNot for the first time in recent weeks, Neymar felt suffocated and affronted. It is part and parcel of being a marked man, an…

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Selfish Neymar and his arrogant PSG team-mates offered a lesson in Marseille

An injury-time free-kick from Edinson Cavani rescued a point for PSG, but Unai Emery’s players need to wake up and show their Ligue 1 opponents some respectBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“I couldn’t tell you a name of a single…

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European roundup: Neymar double helps PSG breeze past Bordeaux

• Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler also on target as Ligue 1 leaders hit six
• Shinji Kagawa becomes Bundesliga’s top Japanese scorer of all time

Neymar scored a double as Paris Saint-Germain’s awe-inspiring firepower was on show again in a 6-2 demolition of Bordeaux that stretched their Ligue 1 lead to three points.

Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier and Julian Draxler also found the back of the net before the break, with Kylian Mbappé adding a goal in the second half, though Younousse Sankharé and Malcom struck consolation goals for Bordeaux.

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Trouble in paradise? PSG fail to defuse fallout from Cavani and Neymar spat

The Brazilian’s attempt to pull rank on his team-mate over a penalty kick against Lyon created a schism yet to be resolved despite a team-bonding meal which ‘was as animated as a wake’

As club statements go, the 19 words Paris Saint-Germain released to the newspaper Le Parisien on Monday to deny a claim that Edinson Cavani had been offered a €1m bonus to step aside from penalty duties in favour of the world-record signing, Neymar, was pretty extraordinary. “PSG formally denies reports which say Cavani would abandon penalties in exchange for the automatic payment of a bonus,” it read.

Trouble in paradise? It certainly seems that way. Just 50 days after PSG’s president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, predicted the €222m transfer of the Brazil forward from Barcelona “will bring a very positive energy to this club”, the atmosphere at the Parc des Princes has already turned decidedly sour as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in their Champions League group on Wednesday.

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Celtic no match for PSG as Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani score in 5-0 rout

Brendan Rodgers may bemoan the luck of the draw. On the evidence of a harrowing evening for Celtic, facing a Paris Saint-Germain side determined to send a statement of intent to open the Champions League would always have been an insurmountable challen…

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Brendan Rodgers urges Celtic players to relish taking on PSG’s superstars

• Manager says Celtic must ‘embrace challenge’ set by Neymar and co
• Rodgers expects Champions League match to be ‘a really exciting night’

Brendan Rodgers has urged Celtic not to be intimidated by Paris Saint-Germain, with intense focus on the French side dominating the buildup to their Champions League opening fixture in Glasgow.

Celtic have recent and wounding experience of a football superpower. In their first match of the Champions League last season, they were humbled 7-0 at Barcelona. PSG’s heavy spending – Neymar and Kylian Mbappé form part of world football’s most expensive frontline – presents a similar challenge for Celtic 12 months on.

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PSG’s Unai Emery admits to big ‘responsibility’ as side prepare for Celtic

• PSG manager knows he must repay heavy spending in Champions League
• Captain Thiago Silva believes PSG have good chance of lifting trophy

With heavy spending comes heavy expectation. Unai Emery, Paris Saint-Germain’s manager, has admitted on the eve of the Champions League getting under way that he feels a “responsibility” to deliver success after a summer transfer splurge.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappé have joined Dani Alves in Paris, with finance as delivered from Qatar placing the club among Europe’s elite. All three are expected to play at Celtic on Tuesday evening.

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PSG accused of ‘peeing in the pool’ on FFP rules over Neymar’s £200m move

• La Liga president Javier Tebas says French club ‘laughing’ at the FFP rules
• He adds that the Brazilian player ‘is peeing off the diving board’

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has accused Paris Saint-Germain of “laughing” at football’s financial fair play rules. Referring to the French club’s £198m signing of Neymar from Barcelona, Tebas said: “We’ve caught [PSG] peeing in the swimming pool and Neymar is peeing off the diving board.”

The Spanish league president was speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention on Wednesday, two days after it emerged he had written to Uefa to ask for an investigation into what he described as PSG’s “history of non-compliance” with FFP. Tebas expanded on this at Soccerex, saying clubs backed by national gas and oil revenues were inflating costs for all clubs and destroying the industry.

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A £198m transfer is not about football. It’s about soft power | Simon Chadwick

The collosal Neymar deal, funded by Qatar Sports Investments, shows how far governments will go to secure global influence

• Simon Chadwick is professor of sports enterprise at Salford University

In 1905 my club – Middlesbrough – broke the world transfer fee record when it paid Sunderland £1,000 to sign Alf Common. It was the first time in history a football player had been sold for four figures. Now, 112 years later, the record has been smashed for the second summer running, with Paris Saint-Germain paying £198m for Brazilian superstar Neymar, the highlight of the latest period of transfer hyperactivity that ended yesterday. This phenomenon transcends sport. How can an individual in any sphere be worth £198m? Who would pay that and why? What does the now normalised outlay of mind-boggling fees and salaries say about society? How did we get here?

Related: China’s money men prove fluent in English football’s first language | Richard Williams

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Paris St-Germain signing of Kylian Mbappé looks like defiance of Uefa

Having spent a world transfer record £198m for Neymar, PSG have bought the young Frenchman for £167m, raising questions about the club and financial fair play

Where do Paris Saint-Germain’s signings of Kylian Mbappé and Neymar put them in this summer’s scale of transfer spending?

The signings by English Premier League clubs with the bounty from their 2016-19 £8.4bn TV deals are enormous by historic standards, but even their extravagance is being vastly exceeded by PSG. Manchester City’s £50m to sign Kyle Walker can be seen as a measure of inflated Premier League values, while Manchester United’s initial £75m for Romelu Lukaku remains currently the most paid for a player from a Premier League club. That was exceeded by £123m in the staggering £198m PSG paid to sign Neymar, and now by almost £100m with the £167m pledged for Mbappé, 18, who sat on the bench against Marseille on Sunday and has started only 20 league games.

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Said & Done: ‘God put me here. In the name of Jesus, I’ll give this club my life’

The week in football – also featuring Neymar on Barcelona; Erick Thohir on love; and the referee who ran off

Neymar – counter-suing Barcelona over an unpaid €26m loyalty bonus after Barça tried to recoup his €8.5m contract renewal fee: “This board shouldn’t be in charge of Barcelona. Everyone knows: Barça deserves much better.”

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