Neymar has finally clarified why he blocked Edinson Cavani from taking a penalty against Dijon to clinch the all-time top goalscorer record for PSG.
The Brazilian refused to gift his team-mate the opportunity to seal history, despite leading 7-0 at the time.
The former Barcelona superstar grabbed the ball and duly made it 8-0, while Cavani eventually grabbed the record with the opener versus Montpellier last weekend.
With speculation over a fallout and interest from Real Madrid, Neymar has clarified the reasons – but admitted the boos and whistles from his own fans did hurt.
“Of course it [the whistling] bothered me, but we are here to be whistled and applauded,” Neymar said. “I am happy, especially for the victory. I think we played well.
Neymar angered Cavani by denying him the chance to score from the spot (Image: Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport)
Cavani was furious at being denied the chance at 7-0 (Image: Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport)
The moment eventually arrived vs Montpellier with the pair celebrating together (Image: REUTERS)
“It was impossible not to know [about the record]. The coach chose me as the penalty taker though, and there is no problem with this.
“Everyone [in the team] knows what went on in the changing room, the coach decided and I take on that responsibility.
“I am calm and happy here with my friends and teammates. I came here to make history, give my best and score a lot of goals.
“I’m very happy for him and I’ll try to carry on helping him in every game. I hope that he continues to score a lot more goals for PSG, of course.”
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