Brazilian and Paris Saint-Germain star player Neymar had to be carried off the field on Sunday after sustaining ligament damage in his left ankle when he was fouled by Yvann Macon in the 85th minute during their 3-1 win against Saint-Étienne, extending his injury-plagued streak.

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, 29, professionally known as Neymar in the soccer field, was replaced by Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe after he exited the pitch in a stretcher, according to the Bleacher Report.

The Brazil forward reportedly stepped on Macon's ankle and twisted his own in the process after the Saint-Étienne defender failed to go for a tackle and missed both Neymar and the ball. The incident resulted in an ankle ligament injury that will most likely sideline Neymar for up to eight weeks.

PSG said that further tests would also be carried out in 72 hours to determine the severity of his ligament damage and how they would proceed with the treatment and rehabilitation.

While PSG secured the victory thanks to two goals from Marquinhos and three assists from Lionel Messi, Neymar's latest injury seems to have overshadowed the win that extended PSG's lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 12 points, ESPN noted.

Following the game, the Brazilian player took to Instagram to address concerns about his injury and said, "Unfortunately, these sorts of setbacks are part of an athlete's life. You have to raise your head and move forward. I will come back better and stronger."

The elite forward has since logged three goals and three assists through 10 Ligue 1 matches this season and has 59 goals and 36 assists through 80 career league matches for PSG across parts of five seasons.

With the team enjoying adequate breathing space in Ligue 1 at 40 points through 15 matches, Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, and Mauro Icardi are expected to be more aggressive in producing offensively for the club to cover Neymar's extended absence.

So far in this season, PSG is 14 points clear of Nice in second place and still seeks the first Champions League title in club history.

Since joining Paris SG in 2017, Neymar, who has a net worth of $200 million, has missed 91 matches and dealt with metatarsal fractures in his right foot in February 2018 and a year later in January 2019, torn right ankle ligaments in 2019, a left ankle injury in 2020, and a groin injury in 2021.

His five-year contract with PSG turned him into the highest-paid soccer player and athlete on the planet in terms of base salary, which nets him $78 million.

Since joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, Neymar, who has a net worth of $200 million, has missed 91 matches. Getty Images

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