Neymar 'Uncomfortable' at Remaining in Lionel Messi's 'Shadow' at Barcelona

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

FC Barcelona football star Neymar answers questions during a press conference to announce new sponsorship with Japanese internet retailer Rakuten in Tokyo on July 13, 2017.
Japan's major internet retailer Rakuten entered into main sponsorship contract with FC Barcelona. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA        (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona superstar Neymar is reportedly "uncomfortable" being in Lionel Messi's "shadow" at the Camp Nou and is looking to move away from the club.

According to Sport, interest from across Europe in Neymar, 25, has increased this summer, leading him to be "unsettled" and open to the idea of joining Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid, where he could claim more individual glory.

Sport added he has been told by some of his advisers, "by the side of Messi you will always be second, you will always be in his shadow" and noted that the one major gong he has not won during his time with Barca is the Ballon d'Or.

Neymar has endured a hugely successful four seasons at the Camp Nou since his move from Santos.

He has won La Liga twice, the UEFA Champions League, the Copa del Rey three times, the Spanish Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

He has also formed one of the most devastating attacking units of all time alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.

However, reports Neymar could be tempted away from the Camp Nou have been ever-present. Last summer, AS reported PSG had agreed a deal to sign him (via French football writer Jonathan Johnson):

Meanwhile, United manager Jose Mourinho tried to convince him at the end of last season to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford, per Sport's report.

Barca are at a relatively low ebb at the moment, having been eliminated in the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage and lost their Liga title to Real last term.

It does seem conceivable Neymar could be tempted to find glory elsewhere, but only a huge offer could persuade Barca to sell.

Per Sport, his release clause is €200 million (£175 million) and will rise to €250 million (£218.8 million) by 2020.