Neymar scored on his return to action for Paris Saint-Germain as they beat arch rivals Marseille 2-1 to win this season’s Champions Trophy.
But the biggest talking point out of the game was the ongoing feud between Neymar and Alvaro Gonzalez, which spilt over onto social media.
Hopes were high for a feisty tussle in Lens after Marseille’s league win at PSG in September ended with five red cards and Neymar accusing Gonzalez of racism in the aftermath.
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The Marseille defender fouled the Brazilian forward multiple times but it was Neymar who got the last laugh when he rolled home an 85th minute penalty to put PSG two goals ahead following Mauro Icardi’s first-half opener.
He took to social media to mock Gonzalez on Twitter, in a post which translated to
“He-Hey… You’re Álvaro, right?” [It is apparently in reference to a viral TikTok where a man uses this sentence as a pick up line].
Gonzalez though was quick to respond: “My parents always taught me to take out the trash. Go OM always.”
Neymar did not let him take the win though, firing back: “And you forgot how to lift trophies.”
Gonzalez then responded with a photo of Pele holding three World Cup trophies, replying: “You will be forever in The King’s [Pelé] shadow.”
Neymar though had the last word, hitting back: “And so you will be forever in mine [shadow]. I made you famous. You’re welcome, ‘Fenômeno’.”
In the end though it was Neymar and PSG who made the bigger statement on the field.
Icardi thought he had given PSG the lead with a 22nd minute tap-in, only to have the goal ruled out for offside after Kylian Mbappe strayed past Marseille’s back line to collect Leandro Paredes’ defence-splitting pass.
Seven minutes later it was Mbappe’s turn to have a goal chalked off when he started his run too early to connect with a long pass from his captain Marquinhos.
Icardi finally put dominant PSG ahead six minutes before the break with a goal typical of his poacher’s style, first meeting Angel Di Maria’s raking long ball with a close-range header that Steven Mandanda pushed onto the post.
The Argentine was quickest to follow up as the ball dribbled back out from the goal, and he tapped in his second goal is as many games since returning from injury.
He almost doubled his side’s lead in first half stoppage time when he hit a left-footed strike back off the crossbar.
Neymar returned to action in the 65th minute and was immediately targeted by Gonzalez, the Argentine fouling the superstar attacker several times in what looked like a continuation of the pair’s spat.
However it was Neymar who had the last laugh when he stepped up to score the decisive second goal for PSG from the penalty spot after Icardi was brought down by Marseille’s substitute keeper Yohann Pele.
Dimitri Payet pulled one back for Marseille with a minute remaining but it was too little too late for Andre Villas-Boas’ side.