It’s no longer news that Neymar is the most expensive football player in the world following his €222 million transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. He has become one of the finest players around ever since he made his debut as a 17-year old at Santos in 2009.
Moving to Camp Nou for €57 million in the summer of 2013 was good for Neymar because he got to play alongside Lionel Messi and other established players. This improved his image and status. The bad side however was playing under the shadows of the diminutive Argentine as he had more of the spotlight.
That still didn’t take away the dynamic partnership Neymar formed with Messi and Luis Suarez – the trio scoring a mouth-watering 364 goals in all competitions across three seasons.
The Brazilian’s exit from Catalonia thus leaves a huge void that will take a lot to fill.
Neymar has settled down quite well in the French capital, registering three goals and three assists in his first two Ligue 1 games and you can be sure more is coming. Despite playing on the left flank – with Edinson Cavani the main striker, the spotlight is firmly on the 77-time capped Brazilian international.
This is what was meant for him and he’ll definitely be more than happy.
A big name like Neymar wouldn’t have found his way to French League before now but the wealth of the Qatar Sports Investment Company has made it a reality and this improves the league’s prestige and appeal. His purchase also makes exciting the prospect of the Parisians winning the Uefa Champions League.
They’ve been unable to achieve it since the Qataris took over in 2012 and Neymar’s arrival is a signal of intent that they want to be ranked among the European elite that have lifted the prestigious trophy.
PSG’s potential success also gives Neymar the opportunity to win the Fifa Best Player Award, which hopefully ends the tiring duopoly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neymar is the biggest football figure in Brazil – the biggest football nation in the world, and with popularity that still ranks him high even outside sports, he is where he is truly supposed to be.
At just 25 years of age, he still has an awful lot to achieve individually and this sets the tone to see him ranked as one of the greatest players to grace the beautiful game when he decides to call it a day.
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