The Champions league stage has provided the Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar the chance he has been looking to prove himself as one of the best- football clubs and prominent people in football rally behind to express their support.
Last week Wednesday was declared Ney Day in Brazil as it went viral on as many prominent people in football and football clubs as well from across the country took to social media to show their support for the Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar for making it through to the semi final after beating Atalanta in the champions league quarter-final.
Paris Saint Germain make it to the semi-finals
For the first time in a very long time, 25 years to be precise, Paris Saint-Germain also made it to the semi-finals of the competition with a 2-1 win, even if it was a close-run thing. They were just 5 minutes away from yet another frustrating elimination before they made their late comeback. If not for the perfect timing of the recovery, the critics would have been massive and unforgiving; even Neymar’s land of birth would not have spared him. Brazil has a long-standing history of being cruel to its idols, and Neymar is quite the divisive figure. Neymar took to social media with a post he put together in the buildup to the game on Wednesday.
With his unique pair of sunglasses, his Mohican haircut was touched up as well, and he was loading his sound system up-all, indicating clearly that he was preparing for a party. Dialogues such as these are usually a delight for some people and, in the same way, irritates others. Neymar has excellent communication with his demographic, but the same can’t be said for how he communicates with everyone else. Born on February 5, 1992, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is 28 years old, and yet he is at the highest level of his career, which means that he is getting close to the end of his time as a footballer. For a decade, he has been a brazil international, but he is still seen as an overindulged, underachieving, and petulant adolescent.
“Inasmuch as Neymar’s €222m departure to Paris Saint-Germain is far from forgotten by the Spanish club, he is not far from overtaking Ronaldo and Pele.”
It’s easy, yes, but at the same time, unfair. It would not be surprising that Neymar can turn out to be his own worst enemy. His dividing during the last world cup and how it became a global joke was totally on him. Neymar is a player that has been educated and trained as a child and that too at an early age. There is a lot more to him than his showbiz profile. It is fascinating how many of his teammates like him and admire him for not just lifestyle and talent but also his generally easygoing nature and work ethic. Labeling him as an underachiever or a figure that costs his team titles, as some others describe him, would be a harsh thing. Back in 2015, he was considered a valued player of the Barcelona side that was famous for winning almost anything available to them. But two years later, his €222m departure to Paris Saint-Germain has been one major factor in the Spanish club’s decline ever since.
Only two players, Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77), have managed to score more goals for Brazil on the international front. Neymar (61), on the other hand, will soon outrun Ronaldo, and overtaking Pele in the long haul will be at arm’s length. The fact that many of his goals have come in from his friendlies is not exactly of his own making; during the 2014 tournament, he was very unlucky to have gotten injured, and in Russia 2018, his performances before the exit to Belgium at the quarter-finals were precisely what was expected of a player who was just recovering from a severe injury. And as if it was not enough, last year, he was struck with yet another injury which led him to be forced out of the Copa America. On another level, his injury curse has blighted his time in France as well. Overlooking the financial considerations, there was an aorta of nobility in him deciding to leave Barcelona.