Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has leapt to the defence of his compatriot Edinson Cavani after the Uruguayan was involved in a set-piece dispute with Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Dani Alves.
Two incidents marred PSG’s 2-0 victory over Lyon on Sunday, the first one being Alves stopping Cavani getting his hands on the ball to make sure Neymar took a free-kick.
Cavani wants to take a PSG free kick, but Dani Alves has the ball and he wants his BFF Neymar to take it 😭 pic.twitter.com/JZQzg6Teu4
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) September 17, 2017
And lastly when Neymar seemed to demand a penalty before Cavani went on to miss for the Ligue 1 giants.
Cavani refusing to give the penalty to Neymar….. pic.twitter.com/nARh3gCa8o
— Neymar Jr ⭕ (@Barcaboy199) September 17, 2017
Reports even claimed that Neymar and Cavani had to be pulled apart in the dressing room following the incidents.
And Forlan, who used to play alongside Cavani for Uruguay, thinks Neymar was acting “like a little boy” and should have shown more respect for the 30-year-old.
“[Cavani] deserves respect,” Forlan told Uruguayan radio station Radio Sport 890. “He has been scoring goals for years and taking penalties, there has to be respect.
“Neymar would not have done that to [Lionel] Messi. He did not want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him.
“It’s a problem between Neymar and Cavani, those things happen on all teams.
“What does not make sense is what Alves does, he doesn’t give the ball to Cavani but gives it to Neymar as if he were his b****.”