Marco Verratti and his Paris Saint-Germain teammates could only look on in disbelief when Sergi Roberto’s 95th-minute goal for Barcelona sealed the greatest Champions League comeback of all time in a 6-5 aggregate win last month.
The Catalan giants returned to the Camp Nou for their last-16 second leg with their European hopes in tatters after a 4-0 thrashing by PSG at the Parc des Princes in the first tie. Even for Barcelona, it seemed mission impossible.
But Unai Emery’s men learned a very valuable lesson on that night as football fans around the world witnessed the most remarkable of Champions League comebacks when Barca became the first team in European history to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit.
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The Parisians boast plenty of quality within their squad themselves, and Verratti – one of the most sought after players across Europe – has confessed that he couldn’t help but be in awe of one Barcelona player in particular.
There’s an endless supply of top-class talent at the Camp Nou – arguably so strong that they could field a second string team in the Champions League and still compete strongly – but Verratti has confessed he would love to see Neymar join him in Ligue 1.
“He [Neymar] was impressive over both legs,” the Italy international recalled of the Brazilian’s performances against PSG, per ESPN.
“This year, he has added a new dimension to his game. He is now on the same level as [Lionel] Messi. He will be one of the future greats.”
Neymar inspired dramatic comeback
Neymar’s two dramatic late goals in the space of three minutes set up Roberto to complete one of the most sensational nights in Champions League football at the Camp Nou. And it’s clear that the 25-year-old’s number of high-profile admirers is continuing to grow.
Leading the Catalan giants’ attack alongside Messi and Luis Suarez perhaps doesn’t allow the Brazil international to stand out as much as he would at other major clubs across Europe. But it’s hard to imagine Neymar leaving the Blaugrana anytime soon.
Verratti’s Neymar hopes a distant dream
Verratti may dream of Neymar joining PSG to help them capture an elusive Champions League title, but while they continue to slip up on the European stage, the Brazilian’s only focus will be on proving himself to be a handful against Juventus on Tuesday night.
Neymar and co. come up against the reigning Serie A champions in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin, hoping to advance to the last four of the competition in far less dramatic fashion than they did to reach the quarters, against PSG.