Neymar demonstrated during the final 10 minutes of Wednesday night’s epic Champions League clash between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain why he, over any other player on the planet, is the heir to the throne that has been occupied by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since 2008.
It was the Brazilian forward who inspired Barça’s extraordinary comeback in the closing stages of a quite unforgettable football match.
Neymar scored a beautiful free-kick in the 88th minute, then netted the penalty that made it 5-5 on aggregate in the first minute of stoppage time, and then chipped in the delightful pass to Sergi Roberto for the winner in the dying seconds.
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Messi usually plays the role of Barcelona’s superhero - but on this occasion it was Neymar’s turn to shine. He was unplayable.
Although Sergi Roberto applied the all-important finish, it was no surprise that Neymar was the first player Messi congratulated after the goal was scored. Without the Brazil international on the pitch, PSG would now be through to the Champions League quarter-finals.
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Video: Neymar's second-half highlights v PSG
You can watch Neymar’s highlights here…
Kaka: Neymar should change his name!
Kaka, who is the last player other than Ronaldo or Messi to win the Ballon d’Or, believes that his compatriot has all the tools required to become the world’s best footballer.
However, the 34-year-old believes Neymar would stand an even better chance of becoming the world’s greatest if he changes his name.
Allow him to explain…
“With everything that he’s done at Barcelona, Neymar could well be next in line to be the best player in the world,” Kaka, who now plies his trade with Orlando City, told Record TV, per Dream Team.
“But I think if he changed his name to ‘Reymar’, he’d have an even better chance.
“All the successful Brazilians begin with the letter ‘R’.”
Some Barcelona fans always call Neymar 'Reymar'
Coincidentally, there are Barcelona fans on social media refer to Neymar as ‘Reymar’ whenever he does something special.
Rey means ‘King’ in Spanish, so it kind of works.
However, we don’t expect Neymar to follow Kaka’s advice by making it his official name.
He seems to be doing just fine as ‘Neymar’.
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