Neymar and Edinson Cavani have been seen training after their their petulant dispute concerning who should take a penalty against Lyon.
The Uruguayan grabbed the ball first before the Brazilian motioned that he wanted to strike the spot kick.
El Matador resisted the former Barcelona star’s attempts after confidently converting one the week before against Celtic.
But this time he failed with Anthony Lopes palming the powerful effort on to the cross bar, before claiming it as it ricocheted back down towards the turf.
Speculation has since swirled in the Spanish press that Neymar has already pushed for Cavani to be sold, flexing his muscles after PSG handed him the keys to their project in order to convince him to leave the Camp Nou.
That would appear unlikely, at least at this stage, given Cavani’s prolific form in front of goal and Unai Emery’s plans to build around the deadly front trio.
Cavani can boast the best record of the two over their careers, converting 80 percent of his 57 penalties, scoring 46 and missing 11.
While Neymar has a 74 percent success rate, scoring 49 of his 66 penalties, missing 17, but Emery’s solution may well be, for now, to alternate. It raises the question as to what will happen if, say hypothetically, it is Cavani’s, and not Neymar’s, turn with the game tied in the Champions League final.
The row could have been sparked by Cavani’s awareness that Neymar could threaten his end-of-season bonus.
PSG paid him €1m for being the club’s top scorer last season and with the Brazilian likely to weigh in with a sizeable amount himself, Cavani will want to pad his total with penalty duties.
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