Neymar: Can Brazil forward regain PSG fans

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Neymar was subjected to Paris St-Germain fans’ anger throughout the game against Strasbourg

“Neymar has to make amends” was L’Equipe’s front page headline on Saturday. The French sports daily could only have better captured the combustible mood of Paris St-Germain’s irate fans had it inserted an expletive.

In his first competitive appearance of the season in Saturday’s Ligue 1 game against Strasbourg, Neymar certainly tried. He conjured a brilliant winner with seconds left – the sort of overhead kick reserved for the virtual world for us mortals – but it was still little more than a footnote.

Of more significance were the jeers that all but drowned out the cheers following his 92nd-minute match-decider. The Parc des Princes faithful turned on the Brazilian for one reason: they no longer see Neymar as one of them.

His determined but unsuccessful push to return to Barcelona this summer, which involved him even offering to pay 20m euros of his own money to force it through, had been tough enough to stomach.

Hearing their star player say in July that Barca’s incredible 2016-17 Champions League ‘remontada’