Brazilian forward Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 from FC Barcelona with a fracture in his right foot, a detail that may shed light on the more severe injuries he experienced during his time at the French club, as reported by L’Equipe this Wednesday.
Neymar, whose transfer set records with PSG paying €222 million for the player’s release clause, was suffering from a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot when he arrived in Paris in August 2017, according to Spanish sources close to the player, as stated by the newspaper.
Throughout the six seasons he spent at the Parisian club, the player participated in less than half of his team’s matches due to numerous injuries, three of which— the most serious— affected his right foot: two fractures in the fifth metatarsal (February 2018 and January 2019) and an ankle operation in March 2023.
Contacted by L’Equipe, the then PSG doctor, Éric Rolland, who currently works at Rennes, declined to comment to “respect medical confidentiality.” However, a former doctor of the French national team anonymously pointed out to the outlet that if the stress fracture had been detected during the medical examination upon Neymar’s arrival in 2017, consideration could have been given to surgery or immobilization for several months.
This specialist recalls that the two fractures in 2018 and 2019 were traumatic in nature and occurred after clashes with opponents that left Neymar unbalanced when he put weight on his right foot.
He adds that there is no single explanation for injuries in this area, suggesting that multiple factors, such as the player’s morphology, physical constitution, or his playing style focused on dynamic dribbling, could contribute to these incidents.