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Neymar became the most expensive soccer player in history when he joined Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 2017. He was supposed to be the club’s superstar player, but instead he’s been a massive waste of money.
The French giant paid $250 million for the Brazilian, who signed a five year, $784,000-per-week contract, becoming the world’s second highest paid player behind Carlos Tevez.
Since the move, the 27-year-old has scored 51 goals in 58 games, won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, and helped PSG to consecutive Ligue 1 titles.
It may seem a decent return on the pricey Paulistano investment on paper, but the player has been absent, ineffective, and extremely expensive.
PSG has not gotten value for money out of Neymar
Neymar’s 71 goals and assists in Ligue 1 and the Champions League over the past two seasons put him amongst the top ten contributors in Europe’s top five leagues.
But the cost of those contributions against his weekly salary makes Neymar’s efforts seem meek, especially in comparison to his peers from other leagues like Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, and Mohamed Salah at Liverpool FC.
Neymar’s exorbitant salary means he has cost PSG $1.15 million for every goal or assist this season. To put this in perspective, Ronaldo totalled 86 goals or assists in the same period, averaging a cost of $927,000 per contribution with Real Madrid, then Juventus.
Barcelona forward Messi was the most effective forward in Europe over the last two campaigns, managing 110 goals/assists at a cost of $595,000 each — but Liverpool’s Mo Salah proved the best value for money.
The Egyptian scored 69 goals and provided 29 assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but given his comparatively small wage packet, each one cost Liverpool $199,000 — almost a sixth of what each contribution from Neymar cost PSG.
The Brazilian’s strikes also counted for little
Neymar also had minimal impact on PSG’s final standing in Ligue 1.
Neymar’s contributions in Ligue 1 earned PSG just nine points in each of the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 campaigns. What this means is simple. Even without Neymar, the Parisians would still have won the league title in both seasons.
While not on the chart below, his contributions in Champions League games also made no difference — take them away, and PSG still go out
It has been quite the start to the season for Napoli, hasn’t it? After kicking off their Serie A campaign with a ridiculous 4-3 victory over Fiorentina, their second game of the season ended in an even more ridiculous 4-3 defeat to Juventus, as a late own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly gave Maurizio Sarri’s side the early initiative in the title race.
It initially looked, however, as if it was going to be a routine victory for the reigning champions, as goals from Danilo, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo had them cruising by the hour mark – but it didn’t quite all go to plan from there.
It started, though, when the former Manchester City defender came on for his debut on the 15th-minute mark, and after arriving as a makeweight in City’s acquisition of Joao Cancelo, he immediately showed what he has to o
Juventus and Napoli played out a contender for game of the season at the Allianz Stadium, as the hosts came out 4-3 winners against their title rivals in an absolute classic.
Danilo opened the scoring, less than a minute after entering the field to replace the injured Mattia De Sciglio. A stunning strike from Higuain doubled the score and Juve looked out of sight within the opening 20 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo added a third to put the game beyond Napoli.
Or so we thought.
Kostas Manolas, Hirving Lozano and Giovanni Di Lorenzo looked to have stolen an incredible point for I Partenopei, scoring three goals in 15 minutes, but a last-gasp own goal by Kalidou Koulibaly clinched all three points for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Here’s our take on a dramatic night in Turin.
Key Talking Point
Higuain’s future has been a major talking point in Turin over the summer, as his days in the black and white of Juve appeared to be over. He refused a move to Roma, convinced that he could still be of use to Sarri’s side.
Sure enough, the Argentine striker has proved his value, scoring a wonderful goal, and pressing the life out of the opposition backline. The former Napoli man looked like a man possessed, and more importantly, a man with a p
El Atlético de Madrid ya conoce sus rivales para la fase de grupos de esta Champion’s League. Los rojiblancos se verán las caras con la Juventus de Cristiano Ronaldo, el Bayer Leverkusen y el Lokomotiv de Moscu.
A priori, el equipo italiano es el más duro. Verdugos de los madrileños el año pasado, la Vecchia Signora se ha reforzado con jugadores como Aaron Ramsey o Adrian Rabiot. Además, la vuelta de Buffon puede suponer una subida de moral para el club turinés. La gran estrella es el potente Cristiano Ronaldo. El año pasado, tres goles del portugués sirvieron para darle la vuelta a una eliminatoria en la que el equipo colchonero se impuso en la ida por 2-0.
Ambos equipos nunca habían coincidido en una fase de grupos, las tres únicas veces que han jugado entre ellos, siempre se ha saldado a favor de los italianos. A parte del año pasado, la Juventus eliminó al Atleti en 1964 y en 1965 en la Copa de Ferias, en octavos y semifinales respectivamente. Aunque el último partido que han jugado ambos equipos entre ellos ha sido en esta última pretemporada donde una gran actuación de João Félix decantó el partido para los madrileños.
El Bayer Leverkusen es el segundo rival del Atleti. El equipo del oeste de Alemania se ha reforzado con jugadores como Amiri o Demirbay del Hoffenheim. Un equipo joven que debería ser fácil de vencer. La experiencia corre a cargo del chileno Aránguiz en el medio campo y
Cristiano Ronaldo thought he’d scored his first goal of the new Serie A season last week, only for VAR to erase it due to one of those maddeningly marginal offside calls. In today’s match against Napoli, the Juventus forward once again found the back of the net, only this time the goal stood. In acknowledgement of the joy–sapping nature of VAR, he cheekily advised fans to hold off on celebrating, lest VAR rob him once again: