COPA AMERICA: NEYMAR MAKES BEST TEAM

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Neymar has been named as part of the best team for the just concluded Copa America tournament hosted in Brazil. Neymar made the 2021 Copa America best team alongside ex-Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and two of his Brazilian national team colleagues.

The 2021 Copa America tournament ended on Saturday night at the iconic Stadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro with Argentina lifting the trophy on offer following their 1-0 win over hosts Brazil in the final. The first half striker from PSG teammate Angel Di Maria was enough to leave Neymar empty handed at the end of the tournament on home soil. Di Maria scored the only goal of the game in the first half off the fantastic assist from new Atletico Madrid signing Rodrigo de Paul.

NEYMAR SCORES IN COPA AMERICA WIN

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) talisman Neymar continued his good form for Brazil in front of goal after he found the back of the net in the win over Venezuela at the start of the 2021 Copa America tournament on the Brazilian soil. Neymar scored one of the goals as Brazil trounced the Venezuelans 3-0 in the opening game of the Copa America tournament this summer.

Neymar has been in sensational form for Brazil this summer in both the World Cup qualifying series and the Copa America tournament till date. With his goal in the game against Venezuela, Neymar has now scored three goals in three games for Brazil since league football ended last month.

NEYMAR SETS PERSONAL EUROPEAN RECORD

Brazilian superstar Neymar produced his worst season in European football after the French Ligue 1 ended at the weekend. The Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker was left in state of disappointment as his team lost out to champions Lille on the final day of the season by virtue of a solitary point.

Ahead of the final day of the season in the French Ligue 1, Lille and PSG were separated by one point and that was how the season ended after the two teams claimed respective victories on the last day of the season. Lille defeated hosts Angers 2-1 to secure a first league title in almost a decade thereby rendering the PSG result inconsequential. In their game on the final day of the season on Sunday, Neymar missed a spot kick as PSG beat hosts Brest 2-0.

NEYMAR ON TARGET IN CRUCIAL VICTORY

Brazilian international Neymar Jr. scored one of the goals as Paris Saint Germain(PSG) thrashed 10-man Reims at home on Sunday night thereby putting pressure on league leaders Lille in the race for the title.

Neymar opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 13 minutes after visiting skipper AbdelhamidYunis was penalised for stopping a goalbound shot with his hand. He was sent off for the handball in the box before Brazil national team talisman Neymar tucked away the resulting penalty. His goal took his tally to nine in the league this season. The ex-Barcelona and Santos forward has nine goals and five assists in 17 games in the French Ligue 1 this term.

BARCELONA MAKE CONTACT WITH NEYMAR

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have reportedly made initial contact with French Ligue 1 champions PSG and Neymar over the possibility of signing the Brazilian international this summer. This is according to the latest reports from Spain.

Neymar has been linked with a sensational return to Barcelona on several occasions. The Catalan giants have tried to re-sign Neymar since he left the club in 2017 for a world-record fee.

The report fromSpanish media outlet RAC1 revealed that the 29-year-old PSG attacker is the number one target at Barcelona this summer ahead of Borussia Dortmund striker ErlingHaaland. Norwegian international Haaland is the most sought after player on the European football scene and Barcelona are one of the many clubs interested in his services.

NEYMAR RETURNS FOR BAYERN GAME

Brazilian star Neymar will return for the Champions League clash with holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday night after missing the last PSG game at the weekend due to suspension.

The PSG attacker started a two-match suspension in the league at the weekend for his recent sending off in the game against title rivals Lille. He was sent off in the dying moments of the Lille game at the start of the month.

Neymar was absent but PSG still managed to do the job of getting the three points at stake to keep up the pace with leaders Lille. They had fallen six points adrift of Lille at the top of the French Ligue 1 standings after the table toppers beat Metz 2-0 away from home on Friday.

MBAPPE FUTURE UNCERTAIN DESPITE NEYMAR RENEWAL

The future of Kylian Mbappe is far from certain at French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) despite the news that his teammate Neymar has agreed a new four-year deal until the end of the 2025/26 season. Mbappe and Neymar are the two superstars in the PSG squad and they have been linked with a move away from the club on numerous occasions. The two players have contracts until the end of next season at PSG and this has heightened rumours over their long-term future at the club. The transfer rumours linking Neymar with a move to former club Barcelona and other teams have eased with the news of his contract agreement but the same can't be said of Mbappe.

NEYMAR MISSES OUT ON SHOCK DEFEAT

Brazilian national team star Neymar was absent from the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) squad for the home game with Nantes which ended in a shock 2-1 defeat for the French Ligue 1 champions. Neymar is gradually being eased back from the hamstring injury sustained last month. The ex-Santos and Barcelona player returned to training last week after a month out due to a hamstring problem but he has not been risked for the last two matches including the Nantes game at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night. PSG have coped well in the absence of Neymar until the Nantes game at home at the weekend.

NEYMAR TO MISS BARCELONA CLASH AGAIN

PSG talisman Neymar has been ruled out of the Champions League clash with Barcelona next month with the muscular injury sustained earlier this month. PSG will play hosts to Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie next month and it had been hoped that Neymar will feature for the French champions during that game but that won't be possible according to manager Mauricio Pochettino. The newly appointed PSG boss gave an injury update on Neymar at the weekend and according to him, the Brazilian international still has three more weeks on the sidelines. Neymar sustained the muscular injury during the league game against Caen and that ruled him out of the first leg with Barcelona, which ended in a 4-1 away win for PSG. KylianMbappe was the star of the show as he scored a hattrick to move PSG closer to the Champions League quarterfinals.

HERRERA INSISTS NEYMAR IS NOW A NATURAL LEADER AT PSG

Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has declared openly that his teammate at French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain Neymar has now grown and evolved into becoming a natural leader in the last months. Neymar continues to get loads of praise from not just players (past and present), but also managers and football pundits as he continues to showcase his sheer ability and skills.

While people continue to notice his remarkable skills and contributions to the PSG side, some have started to view him from another perspective, including his midfielder teammate Ander Herrera. Herrera says the way Neymar raised his leadership level is very commendable and he has continued to maintain that level.

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