Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer of all-time, dressed up as Jared Leto’s Joker from the Suicide Squad film (2016) for a Halloween bash which was attended by several of his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) teammates.
The flashy Brazilian, then made it a Halloween to remember as he scored in Les Parisiens’ 5-0 win over Celtic in their UEFA Champions League clash to book their berth in the knockout stages.
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French fullback Layvwin Kurzawa was the unlikely hero at the Parc des Princes as the defender scored a hat-trick, with midfielder Marco Verratti adding another as the Ligue 1 giants routed their Scottish opponents.
Since his €222 million move to PSG from Barcelona, Neymar has scored 11 goals in 12 games and has seven assists to his name as well.
However, the Brazilian’s considerable contributions have been sidelined after an on-field spat with strike-partner Edinson Cavani over spot-kick duties. While the ‘penaltygate’ incident was dismissed by the club, many fans have labelled Neymar a prima donna in the wake of the controversy.
There’s no denying, however, that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s arrivals in Paris have transformed PSG into Champions League contenders and their 3-0 demolition of European giants Bayern Munich was a highlight result of the group-stages.
Not only are PSG firm favourites to win Group B, but they are topping the Ligue 1 table as well. Unai Emerey’s men lead Monaco by four points after 11 rounds and look set to reclaim the crown of France’s best football team from the principality side after they pipped them to the league title last season.
However, it is Europe that PSG’s owners want them to dominate and after a brilliant start to their continental campaign, the signs are promising indeed.