Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino won the first trophy of his managerial career on Wednesday as his side lifted the Trophee des Champions at Marseille’s expense, but the fun was overshadowed by another Twitter spat between Neymar and Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez.
Mauro Icardi and Neymar both got themselves on the scoresheet, ensuring a late strike from Dimitri Payet provided nothing more than a scare, but it was everything else Neymar did which will steal the headlines.
The Brazilian was only on the field for 25 minutes but wasted little time in reigniting his beef with Alvaro. The pair, who first clashed back in September in an ugly brawl which led to red cards and a racism accusation, were quickly at each others’ throats and gave the referee a lot of work to do.
Alvaro fouled Neymar no fewer than four times (Four? That’s insane, Jeremy), including a cynical foul which saw the defender booked for grabbing Neymar by the head to slow him down. As you do.
Neymar mocked Alvaro when celebrating his penalty and later took to Twitter to use the image to call out the defender once again, and that’s where it all kicked off…
Alvaro responded: “My parents always taught me to take out the trash. Go OM always.”
The fun didn’t stop there as Neymar questioned Alvaro’s lack of trophies, before the Marseille man claimed that Neymar was living in Pele’s shadow, but he clapped back by saying Alvaro lived in his shadow too.
All in all, it was a bit undignified.
Nevertheless, it was a big evening for Pochettino, who needed just 11 days in charge of PSG to lift his first trophy albeit a minor one.
The focus will now be on carrying that success over to Ligue 1. PSG currently sit second after 19 games, one point behind leaders Lyon and level on points with Lille in third.