Rafael Reyes - At war with Mbappe, Neymar has the best start to his career

Rafael Reyes – At war with Mbappe, Neymar has the best start to his career

Not only in the dressing rooms (and in the penalty shootout) Neymar was fighting with Kylian Mbappe for the leading role of Paris Saint-Germain.

Overshadowed by the No. 7 shirt in recent years and still only living in the French capital due to the lack of clubs interested in getting him out, the most expensive player in football history is back from ‘flaming’ holidays and is making the best start. For the season in your entire career.

The Brazilian star, who is visiting Lille today, starting at 15:45 (GMT), for the third round of Ligue 1 has effectively participated in eight goals in his first three games for the Paris national team in 2022/23.

Neymar scored twice in Nantes’ 4-0 win over the Champions League, the match that marked the official opening of the Paris Saint-Germain season. After that, he scored a goal and three assists in the 5-0 match against Clermont and put two more balls in the net in the 5-2 match against Montpellier, already for the national championship.

Since his debut as a professional player, when he was still a teenager, in 2009, for Santos, the star has never been productive in the first 270 minutes of football in a season.

Neymar’s best start was in 2016-2017, the year of his farewell to Barcelona. On this occasion, the striker started his career with two goals and five assists for his teammates to score (seven participations) in three matches.

On the other hand, last season, already for Paris Saint-Germain, the number 10 shirt scored only one goal in the first three of the matches he played.

It was a harbinger of a general that would be disastrous, the only year of his career in Europe without scoring any goals in the Champions League and without entering the first part of the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, the best in the world award. The world organized by France Football magazine.

Because of this poor performance and his history of injuries and lack of commitment, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi put Neymar up for sale in this transfer window. With no club interested in paying his millionaire salary, the Brazilian ended up staying in the team.

Perhaps he was bitten by the situation, the owner of the No. 10 shirt entered the Qatar World Cup 2022 season, leading the offers made by the team led by coach Christophe Galtier and disturbing Mbappe, and he turned into the “Almighty” in Paris after he rejected Real Madrid’s offer. to stay in the club.

The vanity war became a public reality this past weekend. After the match against Montpellier, in which Mbappe missed a penalty (the team’s first conceded) and Neymar (who until last season was in charge of kicks) converted another, the Brazilian loved the tweets with the dribbling of his attacking partner.

Despite the Brazilian’s best moment, Galtier sided with Mbappe in this dispute and made it clear in an interview on Friday.

“It’s important for our strikers to score goals for their confidence. But there are situations in the game, and it’s up to the players to be smart and to disappear when necessary to give the partners confidence. That was not the mentality of Neymar last weekend,” he said. the coach.

Aside from Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon only won their first two matches this season with the French national team. The Qatari government-funded team that includes Neymar, Mbappe and Lionel Messi has won eight of the last 10 editions of the National League – in 2017, Monaco, and in 2021, Lille.

Neymar in the first 3 games of the season

2022/23 (Paris Saint-Germain): Participation in 8 goals (5 of them and making 3 assists).
2021/22 (Paris Saint-Germain): Participation in 1 goal (1 of them)
2020/21 (Paris Saint-Germain): Participation in 3 goals (2 him and 1 assist)
2019/20 (Paris Saint-Germain): Participation in 2 goals (2 of them)
2018/19 (Paris Saint-Germain): Participation in 3 goals (2 him and 1 assist)
2017/18 (Paris Saint-Germain): 6 goals (3 assists and 3 assists)
2016/17 (Barcelona): 7 goals (2 his and 5 assists)
2015/2016 (Barcelona): 1 goal participation (1 goal).
2014/15 (Barcelona): Participation in 2 goals (2 of them).
2013/2014 (Barcelona): 1 goal participation (1 goal).
2013 (Santos): participation in 5 goals (4 goals and 1 assist)
2012 (Santos): participation in 5 goals (4 goals and 1 assist)
2011 (Santos): Did not participate in goals
2010 (Santos): 3 goals (2 his and 1 assist)
2009 (Santos): Participation in one goal (one of them)

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