Football: Neymar-Edinson Cavani penalty spat a 'war of egos' as rumours of PSG dressing room unrest intensify

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (left) and Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar react during the French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon on Sept 17, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. PHOTO: AFP

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Brazil's media on Monday dubbed the spat between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) stars Neymar and Edinson Cavani over who should take a penalty kick during their victory against Lyon "a war of egos".

Newspapers in Brazil dived into the tussle in which the recently signed PSG superstar tried to take the ball from his Uruguayan team-mate 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 Aug 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 French Ligue 1 games, said Neymar risks estranging himself from his new team-mates 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. went further, calling it a "war of egos".

"It's clear these two players don't get on," the site said.

French daily L'Equipe and British tabloid The Sun have also reported PSG captain Thiago Silva had to come in between Neymar and Cavani to prevent them from coming to blows in the dressing room after the Lyon game.

Neymar has reportedly since unfollowed Cavani on Instagram.

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