Baptista: PSG must become a Champions League force to help Neymar

Cruzeiro v Criciuma - Brasileirao Series A 2014
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Julio Baptista #10 of Cruzeiro in action during a match between Cruzeiro and Criciuma as part of Brasileirao Series A 2014 at Mineirao Stadium on November 09, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Washington Alves/Getty Images)

Julio Baptista feels that Paris Saint-Germain must be a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League in order for Neymar to become the world’s best player

The Brazilian forward was omitted from the shortlist for all of the awards at FIFA’s The Best ceremony in London on Monday.

Neymar became the world’s most expensive player when he completed a sensational €222m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last year in order to pursue his ambitions of being the best.

But instead, it was Luka Modric who ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’ decade-long hold of the top individual prize of football by winning FIFA’s Player of the Year award.

Now Baptista feels that it’s up to PSG to deliver on the big stage in order for Neymar to reach his dream of being the world’s best.

“I think there is a lack of stability for Paris Saint-Germain to be stronger in major competitions like the Champions League,” said Baptista, according to AS.

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“They play a big role in their own league. We know they can always win, they always manage to win, but in the Champions League they cannot play the role of the stronger team.

“I think it would help Neymar’s chances to be the best player in the world if they did.”

PSG were knocked out by eventual winner Real Madrid in the last 16 stage of the Champions League last season and lost 3-2 to Liverpool in their first game of the new campaign.

Baptista is a Brazilian midfielder who has played for the likes of Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal and AS Roma in his career.

The 36-year-old currently plays for Romanian champions CFR Cluj.


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