Neymar's petulant and entitled side shone bright on Sunday night during PSG's Ligue 1 game against Lyon. PSG were 1-0 ahead through a 75th minute own goal when they were awarded a penalty with 10 minutes remaining.
In a team full of egos, being the number one penalty taker will always be a prized role. Edinson Cavani is the incumbent player with responsibility. It's also a job new boy in town Neymar wants badly.
As Cavani placed the ball on the spot - seconds later he would miss - Neymar argued that he should be the one to take the kick. Earlier in the game, there had been squabbling over who should take a free kick. Neymar thought that he was the man for the job. Dani Alves agreed, refusing to hand the ball over to Cavani and instead giving it to his Brazilian compatriot.
PSG manager Unai Emery said that he would be leaving the players to sort out the matter for themselves.
Cavani's former Uruguayan international teammate Diego Forlan has since weighed in on the matter. Speaking to Uruguayan radio, Forlan, translated by Marca, called out Neymar for his petulance. He also had some strong words for Dani Alves.
[Cavani] deserves respect. He has been scoring goals for years and taking penalties, there has to be respect.
Neymar would not have done that to Messi. He did not want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him.
It's a problem between Neymar and Cavani, those things happen on all teams. What does not make sense is what Alves does, he doesn't give the ball to Cavani but gives it to Neymar as if he were his bitch.