All eyes are on Neymar after his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Idle rumours from his native Brazil swiftly evolved into the biggest saga of the transfer window. PSG – in spending £196 million – not only broke the previous record but doubled it.
And while Barcelona have received the mother of all paydays, they’ll be watching the Brazilian with keen interest to see if they’ve made the right decision.
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Well, the club and supporters alike had their first opportunity do so on Sunday. With La Liga finally sending through the appropriate paper work, Neymar was cleared for his PSG debut at the second attempt.
His bow came at the Stade de Roudourou in a Ligue 1 trip to EA Guingamp.
The home side proved tough to break down with the fixture entering halftime at 0-0 despite Neymar proving a nuisance throughout.
He was involved in both of Paris’ goals early in the second half, however. The 25-year-old’s intricate passing helped to tee up a freak own goal from Jordan Ikoko to break the dead lock.
The due moment of brilliance, though, arrived nine minutes later.
Collecting the ball deep in his own half, Neymar marauded forward before playing Edinson Cavani through on goal with a perfectly weighted pass. The brilliantly effortless assist can be seen below:
Cavani provided the finish that the pass deserved and it was a strike that put PSG comfortably out of sight.
It would be rude for Neymar not to get on the scoresheet himself though, wouldn't it?
Well, with mere minutes left on the clock, Cavani returned the favour by cutting back an intricate pass for his new teammate in the six yard box. With the net welcoming him with open arms, Neymar obliged.
Check it out:
With Neymar unraveling a defence 70 yards out from goal, then scoring just minutes later, the Parisians must be feeling a lot better about that £196 million fee. Brilliant stuff.
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