The war of words between PSG and Real Madrid over Madrid president Florentino Perez’s open invitation for Neymar to join the Spanish club seems to be gathering more momentum with the UEFA Champions League ties looming in the horizon.
Neymar is allegedly unhappy at PSG and Madrid president was probably trying to stir a few pots with his Neymar comments, made on the same day when Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’or.
Perez claimed that Neymar should become a Real Madrid player to win the Ballon d’or. Now PSG sporting director, Antero Henriquez has fired a retort at Real Madrid.
"Talking about a player from another club on the day Ronaldo wins his fifth Ballon d'Or isn't very nice for your player," Henriquez said to Le Parisien.
He also replied to accusations from La Liga president Javier Tebas. "The president of LaLiga criticises our transfer of Neymar, but tell us how Barcelona managed to buy him in 2013!,” Henriquez asked.
"How much did the club really pay for Neymar?
"We, PSG, do everything legally."
He suggested that the draw with Real Madrid was bad for both clubs as big clubs like to avoid each other so early on in the knock out phase of the tournament.
"The draw is a bad thing. For us, as well as for Real Madrid.
"But we will be at the centre of the world of football at that time and that is important.”
He also suggested that the best team will go through unless there are refereeing errors. The Real Madrid and Bayern Munich match was rift with decisions that could have changed the outcome of the tie.
"The best will qualify unless the officials make the difference, as was the case last season at Real Madrid-Bayern Munich.
"There were also anomalies in the return leg of PSG-Barcelona,” the PSG sporting director concluded.