PSG has lots to lose without Neymar

Brazilian Neymar, the most expensive player in the history of soccer, will miss Paris St. Germain's match against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League after injuring his ankle and breaking a bone in his foot in PSG's 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday.

The injury, which came after a challenge from OM defender Bouna Sarr late in the "La Classique," won't cost Neymar a spot on Brazil's World Cup team, but it will keep him out of action for a month.

Neymar, whose transfer fee, salary and bonuses could cost PSG as much as $500 million, was in tears as he was stretchered off, but PSG head coach Unai Emery was optimistic about Neymar being ready for the return leg of the UCL round-of-16 series against Real Madrid, which won the first leg, 3-1.

PSG has advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League in each of the last six seasons but never made it past of the quarterfinals. In 2017, it exited in the round of 16 after blowing a 4-0 lead it had accumulated against Barcelona in the first leg.

PSG desperately needs to beat Real Madrid and have a long run in this season's Champions League. It needs the revenue -- prize money and ticket revenues -- to meet UEFA's Financial Fair Play targets and avoid sanctions for its heavy spending on Neymar. (PSG's deal with with Monaco for Kylian Mbappe is for the moment only a loan.)
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