“Spit on the Club That Gave You Everything” – Branded ‘Crybaby,’ Neymar Jr’s ‘Lived Through Hell’ Claim About PSG Eviscerated by 1998 World Cup Winner Turned Actor

Published 09/05/2023, 10:15 AM EDT

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After spending six seasons with Paris Saint Germain, Neymar left the club unceremoniously following a mixed spell with the French soccer club. Although he scored crucial goals and kept the fans on their feet, the failure to gel with Kylian Mbappe led to a disappointing outcome. Thus, Al Hilal snapped him up from the streets of Paris. However, he made news by commenting on Lionel Messi’s departure from the soccer club and was under fire from fans and pundits. 

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The Brazilian soccer star stated Messi “lived through hell” which made the club unhappy. Even the former French players got into the act as Frank Leboeuf, the 1998 World Cup winner turned actor, spoke about the comments in a recent interview. After years of service from Neymar, those comments left a bitter taste for all involved with PSG. Leboeuf waited no further and replied to those comments.

French World Cup winner turned actor criticizes Neymar!

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Previously, Arsenal legend Robert Pires branded them as ‘crybabies’, following Neymar’s comments. It all started with Neymar reflecting on Messi’s lifestyle with Argentina and France. He brought the limelight into two contrasting lifestyles Messi endured. He stated, “He went to heaven with Argentina. I was very happy for him. But, in Paris, he lived through hell. In my opinion, he was unfairly judged in Paris. He had an exit that, football-wise, he didn’t deserve.”

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Following this, Leboeuf came out to explain his point of view. In an analysis of those comments by ESPN, Frank stated, “Seems to be a big word you know, saying that you lived in hell with the amount of money the people get when you sign for PSG. So I have a hard time to believe that. It wasn’t a nice time, wasn’t a fairytale, for sure.” The constant media criticism irked Frank following Messi’s first season with the club. He continued by explaining the first year was always hard to settle down for a player, even with the talents of Messi. But he appreciated the player put in his effort. 

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In his first season with the club, Messi scored 11 goals and created 15 assists in 34 appearances for the French club. After staying with Barcelona for the best part of his career, Messi put in magical moments with the club. But Frank became confused by his second season!

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Frank’s not a fan of complaining!

He continued, “But the second year and especially before the World Cup, he was absolutely fantastic.” The Argentinean scored 21 goals and created 20 assists for PSG in a sensational display. Leboeuf continued, “It’s always hard to play for Paris Saint Germain, especially when you are alongside some players who sometimes are here, sometimes they are not there. And that’s why they complain about the fact that they’re in hell. It is sad that after you leave, and after the money that you got and the kind of life that you had that you spit on the club that gave you everything.” 

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With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the trio had all the tools in their arsenal to produce legendary performances. Yet, they failed to win the UEFA Champions League. As Inter Miami and Al Hilal came calling, the players moved on. What once proved to be a season-defining signing ended up in flames. Nobody gelled together as it became an underwhelming copy of the Real Madrid Galacticos! But do you think Frank was right with those comments?

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