Neymar has finally returned to his best level with PSG. This season, the Brazilian is irresistible and continues to rack up goals and assists. But to reach this level, Neymar had to drool and ask his teammates to fight for the European title.
This summer there were rumors of the departure of the Brazilian. Bought for 222 million euros in the summer of 2017, Neymar was probably included in the capital club’s transfer list. Without result. Even so, the 30-year-old is still at PSG today and intends to show that he is the one who leads the QSI project. Author of 11 goals and 9 assists in 13 games this season, Neymar is the second most effective player in the five major leagues behind Erling Haaland with Manchester City. This renewed form is explained by the hard work to return to the highest level during the pre-season. Because contrary to what you might think, Neymar works hard and likes to suffer to get results. He said so when he spoke about the Champions League in an interview for the PSG site.
Neymar likes to suffer to win
— Paris Saint Germain (@PSG_English) October 6, 2022
“The Champions League is a very difficult competition. We know that there are great players, great teams and there are times in games when you have to suffer. So, to win, a team must know how to suffer, learn to suffer, suffer so as not to concede a goal, so as not to give the opponent space. But I think it’s normal to suffer during a match, in such a high-level competition. So it’s good that it’s happening now, because that’s how we prepare for the final stages.” explained the former FC Barcelona player who likes to sacrifice himself to be better and win trophies. Parisian supporters are probably hoping that Neymar will do his best to finally offer the C1 to Paris.
In any case, the change is clearly noticeable this season, with a taste for defensive retreat that is extremely surprising. This happened again in Lisbon in certain actions, and also shows that the Brazilian is no longer the somewhat selfish player who only plays when he has the ball at his feet. “ On and off the pitch, I am someone who would do anything to help my teammates, to win. I am very competitive. Today I think I feel like a more complete player, since I can defend, attack or score goals, give assists, whatever you want. I think today I am much more complete than before. He explained a Neymar who, paradoxically, has never been so effective since he works more for the group and dribbles much less. A great lesson in behavior change and development for a player who has disappeared from the Ballon d’Or race in recent seasons.