Paris Saint Germain’s Dressing Room More United Since Messi, Neymar Departure: Report

Paris Saint Germain’s Dressing Room More United Since Messi, Neymar Departure: Report

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Paris Saint-Germain sanctioned a flurry of departures in the summer transfer
  • A host of stars including Draxler, Ramos, Verratti, and Neymar were shown the exit
  • A report stating the unity in the Ligue 1 club's locker room since two stars departed has emerged

Throughout the summer, Paris Saint-Germain grappled with uncertainty over the future of star forward Kylian Mbappe.

However, one aspect the club's leadership had no hesitation about was sanctioning the departure of several high-profile players.

The Ligue 1 club executed a strategic shift in its transfer policy, transitioning from acquiring Europe's elite stars to focusing on the recruitment of promising talents globally.

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Players of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate after a score during a French Ligue 1 match. Image: Mustafa Yalcin.
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According to data courtesy of Fotmob, PSG authorised the exit of 21 first-team players, with notable figures such as Lionel Messi and Brazilian star Neymar Jr. deemed surplus to requirements.

Despite concerns among fans that the departure of key players would impact the team's performance, the reigning Ligue 1 champions seamlessly adapted to the changes, reclaiming their position at the top of the French League standings.

Nonetheless, amid the stellar start to the season the French club are experiencing, a report has stated that the departure of Messi and Neymar has united the team.

PSG more united after Messi, Neymar's departure

A report from Le Parisien stated that the departure of Messi and Neymar has contributed to a more cohesive and united team spirit at PSG. The French outlet has noted that with the departure of these marquee stars, more playing time has become available to several other squad members, fostering greater unity within the dressing room.

The report emphasises that certain players felt their pathways to the first team were obstructed in the previous season due to the indispensable presence of players like Mbappe, Messi, and Neymar.

Furthermore, it highlights that numerous substitute players are now enjoying increased game time and have already eclipsed the goals tally scored by the club's substitute last season.

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Kylian Mbappe gets Ligue 1 honour

Sports Brief also previously reported on PSG forward Kylian Mbappe being honoured by French league authorities with a special badge which marks him as the league's top scorer.

This was presented by former striker, Paulo Pauleta, who himself had a brilliant stint with PSG. Mbappe is currently leading the Ligue 1 goal-scoring chart amid his impressive form.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).