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Neymar responds to PSG fans' boos - Every match is an away game

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Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) reacts after scoring past Strasbourg's Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels.

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ByEurosport UK
14/09/2019 at 17:05 | Updated 14/09/2019 at 21:38

Neymar scored a remarkable last-minute overhead kick to secure a win on his return for PSG then slammed the home fans who booed him throughout the game.

The Brazilian forward was playing his first game of the season for PSG, after being left out while a potential move to Barcelona or Real Madrid was being negotiated in the transfer window, and the fans at the Parc des Princes voiced their disapproval at his desire to leave the club.

Neymar showed why the Parisians shelled out a world record £200 million fee for his services in the 92nd minute of play when, with a goalless draw with Strasbourg looking certain, Abdou Diallo's cross forced him to turn, jump and strike an unstoppable left-footed kick over his head and in off the post.


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Afterwards Neymar's words were as dramatic as his goal.

"I don't have any message for the supporters... If they want to boo me, then they are free to do it," he said.

"We're a team [and] I feel sad. They don't have to focus on my case.

"Starting by now, I know each match I play will be like an away game for me.”

Neymar admitted to be disappointed that he did not return to la Liga, but insists he will give his all to PSG for the rest of the season.

"I had my reason, I wanted to leave, that is clear," he told reporters in Portuguese.

"I did all I could, but they wouldn’t let me. But I am not going to go into details, the page has turned.

"This is the first time I am saying this and it will be the last, because my head is now dedicated to Paris and I hope to help my team mates in our games."

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