Neymar (31, PSG) is facing a lot of criticism after his “no-show” on the Japan tour.
PSG suffered a 1-2 reverse loss to Inter Milan in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, at 7:20 p.m. on Jan. 1. PSG finished their tour of Japan with a 1-1 draw and two losses.
Neymar, who underwent ankle surgery in March, missed the final match of the tour and was included on the bench alongside Lee Kang-in, raising expectations of a substitute appearance. However, he didn’t leave his seat until the end of the second half. Neymar chatted with Lee on the bench but missed all three games.
PSG drew 0-0 with Al Nasr in Osaka on the 25th. PSG lost 2-3 to Cerezo Osaka on the 28th. Again, Neymar did not play, disappointing the Japanese fans. Fans who wanted Neymar chanted his name in the second half, but he never took the field.
Neymar’s absence for the third game in a row left the Japanese fans firmly upset. It’s a similar situation to when Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed “Nalgangdu” after missing Juventus’ game in Korea in 2019. However, Neymar respected Japanese culture and made a gesture of apology to the fans.
PSG made a huge profit from the tour. The ticket prices for PSG’s Japan tour were out of this world. Hospitality tickets, which allowed fans to watch the game in the VIP room against Al Nasr while enjoying a gourmet meal, were sold for up to 500,000 yen (about $4.35 million). The organizers advertised that those who bought tickets could also get autographs from superstars like Neymar.
But Mbappe never came to Japan, and Neymar was a no-show. It is not unreasonable for Japanese fans to be disappointed after purchasing expensive tickets.
“Neymar was seen making and eating okonomiyaki in Osaka,” said Nikkan Sports. Fans were excited to see the superstar familiarize himself with Japanese culture. However, there are many fans who are not satisfied with Neymar’s absence for three consecutive games. “Some fans criticized Neymar, saying, ‘Did you come to Japan to eat okonomiyaki?
The outlet continued, “Neymar looked healthy in practice on the 31st, raising hopes for a start and disappointment at his absence. Is it a good Japan tour just because a superstar came to Japan? PSG will not be welcome in Japan next year.” 카지노사이트