After a few slightly inconsistent years, Neymar looks back to his brilliant best.
The Brazilian superstar finished the 2021/22 campaign in superb form and has carried on where he left off this season.
In Paris Saint-Germain‘s first two Ligue 1 matches against Clermont Foot and Montpellier, Neymar has dropped a pair of masterclasses.
The former Barcelona man has already scored three goals and assisted the same amount, which is a phenomenal return early doors.
There’s no denying that Neymar is one of the greatest players of his generation, despite the fact he hasn’t quite reached the heights many expected him to when he burst on the scene at Santos.
The fleet-footed forward will likely never win a Ballon d’Or, but has still recorded some outrageous statistics during his playing career thus far.
Neymar is just three goals away from equalling Pele as Brazil’s all-time leading scorer and has now bagged 105 goals in just 147 appearances for PSG.
And when it comes to active footballers who are 30 years old or younger, he is head and shoulder above the rest in terms of goalscoring.
Twitter user Carlos Araski has worked out the most prolific players currently in that age bracket, with Neymar sitting top of the tree by a country mile.
The 10 players aged 30 or under with the most goals scored
🔝 Los 10 máximos goleadores mundiales de hasta 30 años:— Carlos Arasaki (@carasaki10) August 13, 2022
1️⃣ 🇧🇷 NEYMAR 420 (30)
2️⃣ 🇧🇪 LUKAKU 335 (29)
3️⃣ 🏴 Kane 314 (29)
4️⃣ 🇪🇬 Salah 281 (30)
5️⃣ 🇩🇿 Bounedjah 274 (30)
6️⃣ 🇷🇸 Mitrovic 230 (27)
7️⃣ 🇫🇷 MBAPPÉ 226 (23)
8️⃣ 🇸🇳 Mané 226 (30)
9️⃣ 🇧🇷 Gabigol 216 (25)
🔟 🇰🇷 Son 213 (30) pic.twitter.com/KAzu0NjJvH
10. Heung-min Son | Tottenham Hotspur (30) | 213 goals scored
9. Gabriel Barbosa | Flamengo (25) | 216 goals scored
8. Sadio Mane | Bayern Munich (30) | 226 goals scored
7. Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain (23) | 226 goals scored
6. Aleksandar Mitrovic | Fulham (27) | 230 goals scored
5. Baghdad Bounedjah | Al Sadd (30) | 274 goals scored
3. Harry Kane | Tottenham Hotspur (29) | 315 goals scored
2. Romelu Lukaku | Inter Milan (29) | 335 goals scored
- Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain (30) | 420 goals scored
Nothing to see here, just Neymar being 85 goals clear of the nearest competitor. The man is a truly exceptional footballer.
We also have to give a special shoutout to his PSG teammate Mbappe, who makes the top 10 despite being just 23 years of age at the time of writing.
Neymar and Mbappe are reportedly not seeing eye-to-eye right now, but they’re both monsters when it comes to the sweet art of goalscoring.