Neymar is a leader within the PSG camp and determined to take the Parisians right up to the top of the footballing ladder, says Verratti.
A string of injury setbacks may have spoiled Neymar’s PSG career so far, but the world’s most expensive player is determined to make amends and deliver.
Neymar has mostly stayed fit this season, enabling PSG to reap the awards of their prized asset. A tally of 19 goals and 10 assists in 24 outings across all competitions is a decent return. Although the player will know there is still more left in the tank.
The return of the Champions League knockout stages could even be Neymar’s big moment. From day one, he made it no secret that his goal is to deliver the trophy to Paris for the very first time.
And with a supporting cast in the likes of Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappe, and countless other talents, Neymar may score big this month.
The former Barcelona star’s first test will come in PSG’s quarter-final meeting with Atalanta on Saturday.
“I see him particularly determined to bring PSG to the top,” Verratti told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Having him in this physical and mental condition is an added bonus. Neymar is a leader who plays and always trains hard, an example for all.”
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PSG will head into the weekend in a buoyant mood, having recently won the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. It sealed them a domestic quadruple for the season.
While Neymar played a big role in both victories by scoring the winner against Saint-Etienne in the Coupe de France final before netting from the spot in last week’s shootout victory over Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue final.
Although Champions League glory this month would go a long way towards PSG’s hopes of keeping Neymar and Mbappe long-term.
“I can feel they are well here,” said Verratti on the duo’s futures.
“They believe in the project and know that there are not many teams stronger than PSG.
“In Paris, they have the possibility of winning. And winning here would really be really special.”