If there is a time for Neymar to start paying back his record transfer fee to PSG, it’s in the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid
Neymar’s biggest challenge in his European career is edging closer, as Paris Saint Germain are set to collide with back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid. The Brazilian shocked the whole world when he decided to leave Barcelona to join the ranks of the French club in the summer, and it is exactly for games like tonight’s, that he has done so.
Most of Neymar’s current PSG teammates as well Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano who shared locker rooms with him in Spain, have already confirmed that the essential reason as to why he had a growing desire of leaving the Catalans, was his ambition to win the Ballon d’Or. For that, he knew that he had to be the leader of his own club.
If Neymar wants to realize his dream of being crowned the best player in the world, then there is no better way to begin his quest than by outperforming a direct rival for the throne, in Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese ace has guided Real Madrid for years, winning the Champions League on three different occasions, most recently in 2017, which helped him receive his fifth crown as the world’s number one.
The best players have to show up in the most important games, and there is no doubt that all eyes will be on the most expensive player in football history, as the referee blows his whistle to signal the start of what has been described as the early final, by Italy international Marco Verratti.
After guiding Santos to Libertadores triumph in 2011, Brazil to the Confederations Cup in 2013, then to Olympic gold in 2016, it is time for Neymar to carry his own European club to the top of the continent’s pinnacle, just like Ricardo Kaká did back in 2007, or for that matter, even Ronaldinho in 2006.
It is quite obvious that winning the Champions League with Barcelona back in 2015 was an achievement that will go down in Neymar’s personal history, but it is also inevitable that it will forever be remembered as the victory of Lionel Messi’s Barça. Whereas the difference this time around, is that, in case of total triumph, everybody will be speaking about the legendary achievement of Neymar’s Paris Saint Germain.
The iconic Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Spanish capital Madrid, is set to host one of the most anticipated fixtures thus season. And despite the disappointing start to the campaign, the Royal Club can never be ruled out of contention, as the key elements of success in recent years are pretty much still all there, and have the quality to surprise you and raise their game on the big scene, even when you expected it less.
Madrid-based press seems confident that Neymar’s future lays within the ranks of the Spanish giants, as the club’s legends continue to heap him with never-ending praise, since his courageous decision to leave arch-rivals FC Barcelona a few months ago. However, it will be every man for himself, come kickoff time.