André Cury, who was at the origin of the arrival of Neymar in Catalonia, spoke about the current situation of the Brazilian.
In the summer of 2019, Neymar almost returned to FC Barcelona. After two seasons at PSG, the Brazilian wanted to leave the club in the capital but the latter did not intend to sell him off, which derailed the case after many weeks of negotiations between the two clubs. Since then, every summer, the specter of a return of Neymar to FC Barcelona arises. And this summer will be no exception given the contractual situation of Neymar at PSG, at the end of the contract in June 2022, but especially that of Lionel Messi.
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André Cury, former key element in the recruitment of Barça, who contributed to the arrival of Ronaldinho at FC Barcelona, but also of Neymar, spoke in the columns of Sport. He gave his strategy to bring the Brazilian international back: “I helped bring in Ronaldinho Gaucho (who was then at PSG, editor’s note), the footballer who changed the club’s history, and Neymar, who, due to the circumstances, ended up being the biggest sale of the history of the club. I will give you the plan that I would execute “.
“To recruit Neymar and divide his worth into five seasons and each year you have to research the $ 10 million to cover his costs. You will find the sponsor and the money in the marketing of the shirts and tickets. Since his departure, sales of jerseys have fallen by almost 30%, tickets by 20%. Without a pandemic and with Neymar, you put 20,000 more people in the stadium in every game “, added André Cury.
“Neymar understood that in Barcelona he was never going to be number 1”
The former intermediary, fired in 2020, refined his plan: “Neymar has another 5 or 6 very good years of career. Messi would definitely stay to relive the magical moments they had together. Later, Leo, logically due to his age, would leave, and you would stay with Neymar until what you find a third way. Hopefully Laporta, who is a great president for Barcelona, has this brilliant idea and hires him “.
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“The new management must reduce the structure of the club, make quick decisions, know what they want. And, in two years, Barça will again be the best power in world football. We had already lost it on the plan. contract and, on the pitch, we lost him after 6-1 against PSG, in one of the biggest matches in history. He was the only one to believe it that night, it’s very clear in the last minutes. And, unfortunately, and it was the click. Instead of talking about him, the Catalan press talks about Messi “, added André Cury.
“That day Neymar understood that in Barcelona he was never going to be number 1, that he was never going to win an individual prize because there was the greatest player in the world and, for me, the second in history after Pelé. It made him think “, concluded the former intermediary working for the recruitment of FC Barcelona. Only an extension of Neymar’s contract at PSG, before the summer, will therefore prevent another summer loaded with rumors of a return to Barça for the Brazilian.