NEYMAR CLOSES GAP ON XAVI

PSG attacker Neymar was back to his best earlier this week in the Champions League meeting with holders Bayern Munich. Neymar was one of the best players as PSG were able to avenge the Champions League defeat suffered at the hands of the Bavarian giants in the final of the competition last season.

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Neymar provided the assists for the first two PSG goals to propel his French club to a 3-2 away win over Bayern Munich in what was the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal clash.
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NO NEYMAR, NO PROBLEM FOR PSG

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) were without star player Neymar once again this weekend but they had no issues as they dispatched lowly Dijon in their clash in the French Ligue 1. PSG were toothless the last time out in the league without Neymar as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at home to in-form AS Monaco. Sofiane Diop and Guillerme Maripan were the goalscorers for the principality club. AS Monaco were able to do the double over PSG in the league this season after they had come from 2-0 down to win the home leg 3-2 in the first half of the season. PSG were able to bounce back from that poor AS Monaco defeat with the comprehensive win over Dijon. PSG won 4-0 against their hosts to close the gap on leaders Lille, who dropped points at home to Racing Strasbourg at the weekend via a 1-1 draw. PSG are now just two points behind Lille having trailed four points ahead of this weekend. As a matter of fact, PSG trailed Lille and Lyon before the weekend but they have leapfrogged Lyon after the latest set of games. 10-man Lyon held on f0r a point at Marseille via a 1-1 draw. Lyon now trail PSG by one point. Without Neymar at the moment, PSG have only Lille to overhaul ahead of the final 11 games of the season in the French top flight.

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Neymar admits that he wants to play with Messi at PSG

PSG superstar Neymar has openly admitted that he wants to play with Lionel Messi next season. The Brazilian has hinted that PSG have been trying to sign Messi, who will be a free agent next summer, for a while. The 33-year-old is coming to the end of his career and it is likely that he will want a new challenge away from the Camp Nou, where he is considered as a legend. In recent times, however, Messi has had a fallout with the board at Barcelona due to various reasons. It is unlikely that he will extend his contract, which runs out next summer. As a result, Messi is open to talks with interested clubs from January.

Neymar was part of the Barcelona attacking trio, which also contained Messi and Suarez, during his time with the Spanish outfit. He formed a sensational partnership with these players before eventually making a world record € 222 million switch to PSG in 2017. The French outfit activated his release clause and did away with any negotiations with the Spanish club. They, however, will not have to pay any transfer fees for bringing the superstar to the Parc des Princes even if he will cost a bomb in terms of wages. Continue reading “Neymar admits that he wants to play with Messi at PSG”

WHY BARCELONA FAILED IN NEYMAR BID

Neymar has been linked with a return to Barcelona since he left the Spanish La Liga giants for current club Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in 2017 and he could have re-signed for the Catalan giants in 2019 if they met the financial terms proposed for the player by PSG. Both Barcelona and Neymar had been keen on a reunion two years after he left the club controversially but the Spaniards were not able to meet up with the transfer fee demanded by the French champions as pointed out by Javier Bordas,the former Barcelona Vice President.


Javier Bordas was part of the Josep Maria Bartomeu-led board that resigned at the start of this season. He told Diario Sport that Barcelona were just €20m away from re-signing Neymar. According to him, PSG asked for €130m plus Jean-Clair Todibo, OusmaneDembele and Ivan Rakitic but Barcelona were only able to offer €110m plus the trio of OusmaneDembele, Jean-Clair Todibo and Ivan Rakitic. Continue reading “WHY BARCELONA FAILED IN NEYMAR BID”

NEYMAR REACTS TO BEING EXCLUDED FROM FIFA AWARDS NOMINEES LIST

 

On Friday saw FIFA announce the final contenders for the FIFA The Best Men’s Player gong. Before the announcement, it was always certain that Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski was going to be featuring in the list.


The Poland international striker had the best season of his career last year, winning a treble of the UEFA Champions League, the German Bundesliga, as well as the League Cup, amongst others. An interesting statistic is that he was the top scorer in all of those competitions he emerged winner in.
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WILL NEYMAR SURPASS PELE’S LEGENDARY STATUS?

 

Most football fans will say aside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. is the next best footballer star. Many have berated the Brazilian for all sorts; not focused, not as disciplined, playing to the gallery, fitness issues, money-hungry etc. But the numbers don’t lie. Neymar’s game to goal ratio is always relatively wild. His impact for the Selecao and his club teams are always massive. He is attack minded, plays beautiful football and gets the job done.


Pele is an idol in football, but the current generation do not romanticize the past as much as the former generation. Neymar has had a huge influence in pop culture and his legendary status is growing. Against Peru, Brazil showed their dominance, with Neymar in charge. The Paris St-Germain star grabbed a hat trick in the 4-2 win, pushing them to the top spot in the South American log for World Cup spots in 2022.
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