Lille visited the Parc des Princes and their victory allowed them to skip Mauricio Pochettino's side and take them three points ahead of the table-top. However, PSG's problems go deeper than the current Ligue 1 standings and Neymar's poor discipline has become an ongoing problem.
Rushing to get the ball back with a throw-in, Neymar pushed Lille's Tiago Djalo while neither of them were on the field. It must be said that it wasn't as aggressive as Djalo realized, but Neymar already saw a yellow card for a second and was sent off, and then it got hot.
The two had to be separated from countless bodies in the tunnel when Djalo received his marching orders soon after, and this was just the latest example of Neymar's inability to stay cool.
In his last 14 Ligue 1 games since February 2020, he has been sent off three times. He has been sacked eleven times in his career so far, which is a substantial amount for a striker.
Neymar was signed by Paris Saint-Germain to take them to another level and show that they can conquer more than just France year after year. However, aside from reaching the Champions League final in 2020, he hasn't managed to improve Europe.
However, the nature of his layoffs is more worrying. His first game for PSG took place against Marseille, which was considered a headbutt against today's Sevilla player Lucas Ocampos. He was unnecessarily sent to a win against Bordeaux recently in February 2020 and rumor has it that he did so in order to travel to Brazil for the Carnival without missing out on anything. In the end, he didn't travel and stated on social media that he didn't want to cause controversy.
In September of the same year he was involved in a violent exchange with Alvaro Gonzalez from Marseille, whom he accused of racist ridicule. In this game up to five players were sent off.
Now, as every time he sees Red or PSG fall short in Europe, Neymar has been linked with a return to Barcelona where he has only been sent off once.
His talent is undoubted, but his disciplinary problems raise serious questions about his career and will always be a black mark against him.
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