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 was involved in just 18 of the 38 league games for PSG this season and that played a big part in the Brazilian player ending with his worst attacking return since moving to European football. He moved to Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga from Santos in his native Brazil in a big money move in 2013. He scored nine goals and provided six assists in 18 league outings for PSG this season.
In his debut season in European football, Neymar scored nine goals plus ten assists in 26 league games at Barcelona and his numbers improved a great deal in the following season as the Catalan giants sealed a fantastic treble aided by the attacking trio involving the player, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. He had 22 goals and nine assists in 33 league games.
In his third season at the Nou Camp, Neymar had 24 goals and 16 assists in 34 league games before a return of 13 goals and 15 assists in 30 league matches in his final season with the Spanish giants.
Neymar had 18 goals and 13 assists in 20 league outings for PSG in his first season in France before a return of 15 goals and eight assists in 17 games in the league for his second season. In the last campaign, the Brazilian scored 13 goals and six assists in 15 league games. Neymar has not exceeded 20 games in the league for PSG and he had won the league title in each of his first three seasons until this term when Lille piped PSG to the title.