The possibility of Neymar leaving PSG was discussed in the international press a few weeks ago, but this topic is currently being discussed significantly less often. For the Parisian club, the Brazilian star seems to overcome obstacles by scoring goals and even winning a championship.
At Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 31, the French Super Cup final was held. The match went well for the team of Messi, Mbappé, Neymar, and company: they triumphed 4-0 and won the cup for the 11th time in the club’s history.
The Brazilian player was one of the finest on the field, scored twice, broke quickly, and made a significant impression throughout the game.
Neymar breaks free-kick streak
After more than two years, Neymar finally scored a free-kick goal for PSG in the decisive French Supercup match. In the game, he added another goal from a set piece, but it was a penalty. Messi and Sergio Ramos scored the other goals in the 4-0 victory against Nantes.
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On December 7, 2019, Neymar scored his final goal in this manner in a 3-1 victory against Montpellier for the 2019–2020 French Championship. The former Barcelona player has missed 47 chances since then.
Neymar’s free-kick goals for PSG
Neymar scored his eighth free-kick goal while wearing a PSG jersey since joining the team in 2017. To locate them all, go through the list below.
- 1st: PSG 6-2 Bordeaux (French Championship 2017/2018);
- 2nd: Anderlecht 0-4 PSG (UEFA Champions League 2017/2018);
- 3rd: PSG 8-0 Dijon (French Championship 2017/2018);
- 4th: Lille 0-3 PSG (French Championship 2017/2018);
- 5th and 6th: PSG 6-1 Red Star (UEFA Champions League 2018/2019);
- 7th: Montpellier 1-3 PSG (French Championship 2019/2020);
- 8th: PSG 4-0 Nantes (Supercup de France 2022).
Selection ace beats CR7’s mark
When Neymar scored two goals in the French Super Cup final, he also accomplished a significant feat: he moved up to second position among current players in terms of goals scored in championship finals.
The Brazilian star outscored Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who had 20 goals in 35 decisions, by scoring 21 goals in 35 official competition finals that he participated in during his successful career.
Ranking of players who scored the most goals in finals
Neymar now ranks second among active players with the most finals goals just behind his PSG colleague, Lionel Messi of Argentina. Compare each athlete’s current club with their overall rating.
- 1st place: Lionel Messi (PSG): 32 goals in 46 matches;
- 2nd place: Neymar (PSG): 21 goals in 35 matches;
- 3rd place: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): 20 goals in 35 matches;
- 4th place: Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona): 16 goals in 23 matches;
- 5th place: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): eight goals in 29 matches.
Neymar’s goals in finals
All of Neymar’s goals in championship games during his career, which he started with Santos in 2009, are shown in the table below.
|1 e 2||Campeonato Paulista 2010||Santo André|
|3||Copa do Brasil 2010||Vitória|
|4||Campeonato Paulista 2011||Corinthians|
|5||Copa Libertadores 2011||Peñarol|
|6, 7, 8 e 9||Campeonato Paulista 2012||Guarani|
|10||Recopa Sul-Americana 2012||Universidad de Chile|
|11||Copa das Confederações 2013||Espanha|
|12||Supercopa da Espanha 2013||Atlético de Madrid|
|13||Copa do Rei 2015||Athletic Bilbao|
|14||Liga dos Campeões 2015||Juventus|
|15||Copa do Rei 2016||Sevilla|
|16||Copa do Rei 2017||Alavés|
|17||Copa da França 2019||Rennes|
|18||Copa da França 2020||Saint-Étienne|
|19||Supercopa da França 2020||Olympique de Marseille|
|20 e 21||Supercopa da França 2022||Nantes|
Neymar will “make peace” with the PSG supporters and management if things keep going this way, and he will stay at the Parisian club for a lot longer. Here at Sambafoot, keep tabs on anything that involves Brazilian athletes that have played overseas!