Ahead of the UEFA Champions League final at the Lisbon Estádio da Luz in Portugal against five-time winners Bayern Munich, Brazilian star Neymar says he wants to inspire Paris Saint-Germain to their first title in the competition.
The Brazilian became the world’s most expensive player when he moved to Parc des Princes from Barcelona for €220 million (£198m/$260m) in 2017 and determined to lead the team to glory.
“Winning The Champions League is special, I know this. But to win it with PSG would be making history – and that is exactly what I came here to do,” Neymar told the Daily Star. “The semi-final was a very good performance – but nobody remembers who wins semi-finals.
“That is over now. Bayern are going to prove a very big test and we will be ready. They have many good players, but we are also at a high level and I feel I am playing at my best since I have arrived in Paris.
“This is where we want to be. The owners have a big project and part of that project is to be considered the best in Europe. We have never been closer than we are now – but we must stay focused.”
Neymar has scored 19 goals and 12 assists from 26 appearances this season and the Champions League title will be a perfect end to the 2019/2020 for the forward and give him a shout for the Ballon D’Or.
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“Messi and Ronaldo have of course dominated [the Ballon d’Or] because over the last 10 years they have not been from this planet. It would be an honour to win it,” Neymar said.
“But it comes from what you achieve on the field and what you help your club win – so that is what my focus is on. Everything else will fall into place if it is meant to be.”