Joey Barton trolls Neymar on Twitter...and the abuse flows back
Joey Barton turned into a Twitter troll once again as he teased Barcelona superstar Neymar for his performance in his side’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Tuesday night - with the response to his snipes predictably brutal.
Barton has captured more headlines for his social media comments than his footballing talents in recent years, with his current exile from the Rangers first team the latest embarrassing episode for a football who seems eager to attract trouble wherever he goes.
Yet his distain for Neymar was never likely to go unnoticed, with Barton eager to highlight the Brazilian’s muted second half display at the Etihad Stadium.
Still unsure as to why Neymar went off at HT? Anyone know why? 🤔😳— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) November 1, 2016
This is not the first time Barton has trolled Neymar, with this oft-mentioned tweet from three years ago springing to mind as he returned to an old theme on Tuesday night.
Neymar is the Justin Bieber of football. Brilliant on the old You Tube. Cat piss in reality...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 25, 2013
It didn’t take long for Barton’s critics to wade into the midfielder who has never played a Champions League game, as his criticism of the decorated Brazilian superstar sparked this response.
@Joey7Barton You're just a knock off Roy Keane with minimal quality tbh— Harry Handforth (@HarryHandforth) November 1, 2016
@Joey7Barton still 45 mins longer than you'll ever play in Europe chap— Eanna Allen (@Eanna_Allen) November 1, 2016
@Joey7Barton he's about a million times better than you'll ever be, so calm it down mate— Jack Osmotherley (@jackosmo99) November 1, 2016
@Joey7Barton credit to you joey, rangers have abandoned you and you're sat at home mugging off a future ballon d'or winner from ya couch— MatthewThurlbeck (@m_tbeck) November 1, 2016
@Joey7Barton respect yourself you washed up semi pro player.— CottonMouth (@arsenal_mo) November 1, 2016