Neymar has been signed to regain that crown and to aid the Parisian side in becoming Europe’s premier outfit. It did not take him long to show that he has the potential to elevate PSG to previously unattained heights.
Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp on Sunday and declaring himself to be “feeling more alive than ever”.
Neymar was, of course, the main attraction, the man everyone had come to see. He did not disappoint, showing numerous flashes of his world-class ability and ending the match with a goal and an assist.
The 25-year-old, at home in PSG’s all yellow change kit, played a part in the own goal scored by Jordan Ikoko that gave the away side the lead early in the second half. He then set up the second goal for Edinson Cavani with a superb pass in behind the Guingamp defence before completing a comfortable victory with his team’s third goal eight minutes from the end as PSG made it two wins from two to start the French season.
“People think that leaving Barça is to die, but no, it’s the opposite,” Neymar told reporters.
“I’m more alive than ever. I play, I’m very happy, and football is the same. Only the country, the city and the team change, but football is the same.”
Despite the many distractions of the last couple of weeks, including trips to China, Portugal and the French Riviera and glitzy presentations to the media and PSG fans, Neymar lasted the full 90 minutes.