Neymar must conquer Europe with PSG before thinking of Madrid
French outfit, Paris St. Germain are so obsessed with winning the Champions League that any obstacle in their way of claiming glory in the competition will be in danger of being swept aside. The club sacked their most successful ever manager, Laurent Blanc for not delivering the Champions League title and appointed Spanish tactician, Unai Emery. The former Sevilla man had done well in the Europa League over his three years there, winning on each occasion with the Andalusian outfit.
It was expected that with superior players and a better budget, he would step up and do the same in the Champions League. The club signed Brazilian superstar, Neymar as the figure to lead the club to that new era as they have failed to get past the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition. The 26-year-old almost single-handedly destroyed the Parisians in last season’s edition, and when news filtered through that the player had a release clause of £197m, the Qatari backed owners promptly signed him.
He has been phenomenal and offered yet another glimpse of his undoubted ability by scoring twice in the weekend’s 4-0 victory over Rennes, taking his tally in the colours of the club to a staggering 26 goals and 16 assists in just 25 matches. He has been attracting Real Madrid as the club look for a true superstar in the mould of a Ronaldo and Messi to lead the club to new heights.
Neymar has been shocked at the low level of competition and quality in the French Ligue 1 and has secretly desired to play for Real Madrid despite the fact that he played for Barcelona for four successful years. The 25-year-old wanted to be his own man at a true European superpower, but knows that he has to win the Champions League if he is to win the Ballon D’Or that he craves badly.
He has the perfect chance to show the Madrid faithful his quality next month in the Champions League next month when PSG and Real Madrid face off in the Round of 16 next month. He is said to be missing Spain but if leaves Paris St. Germain without winning and leading them to the Champions League, he will depart as one player who promised so much without fully delivering what he was signed for.
The Qatari owners of PSG are desperate to win the Champions League and maintain a level of dominance never seen before in the European game, but the level of the French Ligue 1 is working against those lofty standards. The Ligue 1 is inferior to other leagues such as the Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, Premier League and the German Bundesliga.
At nearly 26, Neymar is at the peak of his powers and feels that by playing so long in the relatively obscure league that is the French league, and if his team fail to do reasonably well in the Champions League, he could find his stock and market value reducing. He has all it needs to succeed in Paris, but must hold his head down to help his new team. The grass isn’t always greener out there, and the fact that Madrid are currently having issues could work against him.
If he arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu for a reported £357m, Madrid may have to sell a number of world class stars to find the move. If the players that are supposed to complement the Brazilian superstar are sold, it would defeat his purpose of going back to Spain. Neymar must lead PSG to glory and must not allow his head be turned by the allure of wearing the white of Madrid. Football is not mathematics.