Neymar is living his ‘best moment’ in France and is gunning for Champions League success with Paris Saint-Germain.
After a stellar four-year spell at Barcelona, that saw him win the Champions League among nine major honors, Neymar packed his bags for a world-record €222m transfer to PSG in 2017.
The Brazilian stated back then that the club’s ambition and a desire for a new challenge were his main motives.
Three years later, however, no further European glory has arrived on Neymar’s doorstep. Domestic success has been a constant in Paris, but the star’s injury problems have been almost never-ending.
But the 28-year-old has managed to stay fit for most of the season to help PSG win a domestic quadruple in the Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, and Trophee des Champions.
He even scored 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.
“These three years came with a lot of knowledge. I’ve lived times of joy and some complicated ones, especially when I was unable to play due to injuries,” said Neymar on his official website.
“With my teammates’ help, I was able to overcome and focus on what really matters for everyone, which is our performance in the field translated into titles.”
“Our supporters, the club, and every fan can see our team’s delivery in any game.”
“I believe that today I live my best moment in Paris. We form a family on behalf of the greater objective we have ahead of us.”
PSG will play one last friendly against Sochaux this evening before meeting Atalanta in the Champions League quarter-finals next Wednesday.
And Neymar, who scored in both legs of PSG’s last-16 victory over Borussia Dortmund, is aware this could be their big moment.
He added: “We want to mark this season with the Champions. We will fight for this because we were never so close.”
Arsene Wenger is another one who believes PSG have a serious chance of winning the Champions League.