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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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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Barcelona has been cleared off the charges regarding Neymar’s transfer from Santos. In 2013, he left the Brazilian side to join the club and since then there have been controversies regarding the transfer money. He was signed from Santos for €17 million but the speculations suggested that they have paid €83 million as the club has made payments with his private company and directly to his father as well as.
Santos has filed a complaint against Barca at Court of Arbitration for Sports claiming that the Catalan club owed them €61 million as compensation amount. But the court has dismissed that they didn’t commit anything illegal when they approached the club.
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Neymar is back from Brazil as PSG is looking forward to starting the training on June 22. After the suspension of football activity, he went to his homeland where he stayed for the last three months. Even though Ligue 1 has been cancelled off, PSG still has to prepare for Champions League and they also have two finals left to play. They were crowned as the champions in the league after the season was called off. The French club qualified to the quarter-finals by winning against Borussia Dortmund for 3–2 on aggregate.
Neymar returned to Brazil four days after the match as France issued lock down procedure on the country. PSG wanted him to return before June 15 to avoid two weeks of quarantine.
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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera has said that Neymar is content at Parc des Princes despite the speculation regarding his future. The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona this summer but Herrera believes the attacker has no plans of leaving Parc des Princes.
Speaking to a French outlet, he told: “Mbappe and Neymar are still at PSG and even more so with the situation that we are currently in. I had dinner with Neymar before the quarantine and he is very involved with the project. He told me that he has never been so happy in Paris. PSG’s project is such that both feel fulfilled in Paris.”
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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has said that Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have an excellent co-ordination in the attack and they are very strong together. Les Parisiens recently registered a comfortable 5-1 win over Lyon in the semi-final of the French Cup and both Mbappe and Neymar came up with standout displays.
While Mbappe was the man of the match with a hat-trick, Neymar also managed to find the net after converting a penalty. Speaking after the game, Tuchel was full of praise for the attacking duo and was particularly pleased with Mbappe, who has scored six times in his previous three appearances for the club.
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