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Ligue 1: Is The Edinson Cavani Era Over At PSG?

Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate his goal during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Dijon FCO at Parc des Princes stadium on January 17, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Ligue 1: Is The Edinson Cavani Era Over At PSG?

Ah, the power struggle between the knight and the king. Or, the Matador and the king, if you will. Edinson Cavani wears the city of Paris on his sleeve. With 156 career Ligue 1 goals for Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain to his name (thus tied with Zlatan Ibrahimovic), he is a longtime servant to his club and a fan favorite. However, he is slighted significantly on one aspect.

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Neymar Santos Jr. could have allowed Cavani to clinch the record outright but chose to convert an 83rd minute penalty himself to score four goals in an 8-0 hammering of Dijon FCO at Le Parc des Princes. That did not sit very well with El Matador, who felt that his ego and entitlement has affected the chemistry and team unity to the site. Thus, it has been reported that Cavani wants to return to Serie A but not to SSC Napoli; rather, to Juventus Football Club.

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Juventus! The Old Lady of Turin, Italy’s most storied football organization the world over, decades on, now is in a year of stagnating regression as the competition shapes up to catch up and ship Juve out, the Italian Republic itself still trying in vain to rid itself of the stigma of failing to qualify for the World Cup at Sweden’s expense.

Juventus! A team with big names and stars in their own right, with Turin’s own champion Gianluigi Buffon being one of them.

Juventus! Juventus! Juventus! And Cavani wants a piece of Juventus: a great love story of football, pride, and self-worth that endures despite a desperate Massimiliano Allegri growing despondent by the minute as the doomed gaffer of the Black and White.

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It would be a huge blow for French club football (unless you are Lyon, Monaco or Marseille) if Le Show MCN was a one-season folly, undone and tattered to unflattering pieces, the aftermath highlights by a lack of desire for unity and team spirit; an unhealthy desire for the sins of mortal athletes: greed, power, overt individualism, and most importatly, mo…moNEYism. You cannot spell money without NEY, the same way you cannot spell Neymar without NEY.

Thus, to conclude a tense situation on the Parisian front that the scouts and sentinels of Juventus’s collective footballing zeitgeist wait, watch, and monitor on the wings, the more Ney gets his way, Edi Cavani will say nay and move away one day to Juve in what would be a sad day for Le PSG, ouais ouais ouais.

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So much for cutting the mustard, eh?

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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