Out of Lionel Messi’s shadows, ambitious Neymar set for greatness

first_imgNeymar’s big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is finally done. He is the world’s most expensive player valued at 222 million Euros and is going to earn 500,000 pounds a week at the Parc des Princes.He is already a villain in Catalonia and a snake to Barcelona fans around the world. The Brazilian is being touted as a money grabber and someone who lacks ambition because he accepted to spend his ‘prime’ in the League 1 that lacks quality compared to the Premier League or the La Liga.But is ambition not the sole reason behind his record breaking move to Paris?Let’s break it down.The 25-year-old is entering the prime of his career. He has already been a vital cog in Barcelona’s wheel along with Lionel Messi for the past four seasons since his much hyped move from Santos in 2013. After Luis Suarez joined the Blaugrana in 2014, he along with Messi and Neymar formed the famous ‘MSN’ and the rest as they say his history.AP PhotoNeymar had four genuinely good seasons in Spain, scoring 68 goals from 123 appearances. He played four seasons in the famous red and blue of Barcelona and averaged 17 goals a season…it’s no way bad for a winger.RIGHT HAND MAN BUT NEVER THE BOSSBut then, there was a certain Argentine, who was not only outscoring him and outmatching him in every possible quarter, he was winning all the trophies up for grabs along with Cristiano Ronaldo from their arch-rivals Real Madrid. Neymar, no matter what he did, would just not come out of the shadows of Messi. The No. 10 — by far the most fancied number in the world of football belonged to Messi. Even the fans with little or no knowledge of the sport knows that ’10’ means he’s the star. Neymar, who sports the iconic number for his national team had to be content with ’11’ in Spain. He’s a different breed when he is playing for Brazil with the No. 10 on his back and he’s everywhere — left, right and centre. He’s the star for the Selecao and someone of his age and ambition craves for that.advertisementReuters PhotoSo how can one blame him for being less ambitious? For choosing a less fancied league? Well. The decision was a win-win for him and anyone with a decent knowledge of football will say that.PSG is a team that dominates French football. Yes, they were beaten to the league by AS Monaco last season but that’s not going to happen all the time. They are coming back stronger and hungrier this time. With the team they have, they are likely to regain the league again but it is Europe where they struggle and that’s where Neymar comes in.LEADER OF THE PACKWith Marco Veratti, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani raiding the opponents final third, PSG is a good team with great potential but now with Neymar in there, this team becomes a deadly one with a serious aim of conquering Europe. The Paris side lacked the cutting edge and the ability to deal with pressure and the moment of magic that can help them overcome the final hurdle, that’s exactly what Neymar will help them do.The league is no doubt a downgrade to the Spanish league and that’s what works for Neymar’s ambitions as well. He is expected to score more goals, rake in more assists and have a bigger say in how the team performs. Add to it the titles that they’re going to win and if PSG get the Champions League as well, he becomes a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or, that currently just circulates between Messi and Ronaldo.Reuters PhotoIt is said that once Messi and Ronaldo retire, Neymar, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann will finally have their chances to win the trophy. But the Brazilian decided that he would not wait for that long and needs to go away from Messi and lead a team to victory to stand a chance to win personal accolades. And this might just be a step in the right direction for the former Santos man.This was a planned move to become the best in the world and wanting to be so is the most ambitious thing one can do.Paris Saint-Germain is very happy to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr ? https://t.co/lKFj4qPDYA #BemvindoNeymarJR ???? pic.twitter.com/rSvlBiKX6D- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 3, 2017Rendez-vous dans les boutiques du Paris Saint-Germain  #BemvindoNeymarJR ???? pic.twitter.com/EvKVzQWC05advertisement- PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 4, 2017last_img read more