The Brazilian forward has confirmed he sought a move back to Camp Nou after a tough start to his career at Parc des Princes

Neymar has revealed that he “tried everything” to return to Barcelona before Lionel Messis transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG paid a world-record €222 million (£185m/$252m) fee to sign Neymar from Barca in 2017, bringing to an end his hugely successful four-year stint at Camp Nou.

The Brazil international won two La Liga titles and the Champions League among a whole host of other honours with the Blaugrana while forming one-third of a deadly attacking trio alongside Messi and Luis Suarez, but failed to transfer his electrifying form to Parc des Princes.

Neymar recorded plenty of goals and assists in his first two seasons at PSG, but also struggled with niggling injuries and ill-discipline, with supporters seemingly turning against him following an incident after the French Cup final in 2019 that saw him punch a spectator.

The forward was strongly linked with a move back to Barca in the summer transfer window of the same year, but a deal never materialised and he has since worked his way back into favour with the PSG faithful.

“I tried to return to Barca. We tried everything, but it wasnt possible,” Neymar confirmed when quizzed on the saga on the Fenomenos podcast.

The 30-year-old is now quite content at Parc des Princes and no longer has any desire to re-sign for the Blaugrana, especially after being reunited with Messi.

Neymar added on the seven-time Ballon dOr winner, who left Camp Nou before joining PSG on a free transfer in August: “I am very happy Leo had the opportunity to come here.

“He is my friend and we get on very well.”

Familiar fitness issues have plagued Neymar in 2021-22 as he has only managed to appear in 16 games in all competitions, recording four goals and four assists.

The former Barca talisman suffered ankle ligament damage in November and missed over two months of action before returning from the bench in a last-16 Champions League meeting with Real Madrid.

Neymar then started PSGs next game in Ligue 1 against Nantes, but missed a penalty in embarrassing fashion as Mauricio Pochettinos side succumbed to a surprise 3-1 defeat.

Messi, meanwhile, had his own injury problems at the start of the season and was consequently unable to hit the ground running in Paris.

The 34-year-old has had to gradually rediscover his matchday sharpness and golden touch in the final third, and is still not back to his best just yet, finding the net just seven times in 22 outings while laying on another nine goals for his team-mates.

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