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Neymar-Cavani penalty spat a ‘war of egos’

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (R) speaks with Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar (C) during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on September 17, 2017.  CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Brazil’s media on Monday dubbed the spat between Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Edinson Cavani over who should take a penalty kick during their victory against Lyon “a war of egos.”

Newspapers in Brazil, always hungry for Neymar news, dived into the tussle in which the recently signed PSG superstar tried to take the ball from his Uruguayan teammate on Sunday. Cavani kept the ball but had his shot saved in what was ultimately a 2-0 win.

“Neymar and Cavani argue again,” O Dia’s headline read, referring to another penalty incident during PSG’s 6-2 win over Toulouse on August 20 — Neymar’s first home game with the French side after transferring from Barcelona.

“The result allowed Neymar’s team to remain leaders but what caught the attention was the poor understanding between the Brazilian and Cavani,” O Globo daily said.

Ledio Carmona, a commentator for Sport TV, which broadcasts Ligue 1 games, said Neymar risks estranging himself from his new teammates if he keeps “playing selfishly.”

“I think this throws a bit of a shadow, it shows an overly individualistic side. If other situations like this happen the situation could degrade,” he told AFP.

Globoesporte.com went further, calling it a “war of egos.”

“It’s clear these two players don’t get on,” the site said.



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