Neymar shows the good, bad and ugly of his game in PSG’s win over Liverpool

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The nature of being Neymar is that he can never, truly deliver the performance that his talent insists he should. Even when he has moments of brilliance, the Paris Saint-Germain forward will let himself down with a touch of carelessness or that overriding desire to make the show all about him.

He was outstanding at times during PSG’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool at the Parc des Princes — a win that puts their Champions League qualification hopes firmly in their own hands — but the Brazil international then let himself down with unnecessary showboating and the kind of histrionics that have always been a stain on his game.cheap wholesale nfl jerseys china

Perhaps it is being overly critical of the 26-year-old to focus on the negative parts of his game on a night when he really delivered when it mattered for PSG. After all, the French champions didn’t smash the world transfer record by spending £198 million on the former Barcelona forward for him to be the difference against the likes of Montpellier and Nimes in Ligue 1.

Neymar was a statement signing back in the summer of 2017, but it wasn’t all about making headlines. PSG signed him to take the club to the next level in the Champions League, but a long-term metatarsal injury put paid to that last season before Real Madrid knocked them out in the round of 16.10

Maybe it is too easy and unchallenging for him in the French league because a player focused solely on his game would not let himself down as Neymar does. But at 26, he is approaching the very peak of his career and with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo now in their 30s, Neymar ought to have a cold-eyed determination to be the man who knocks them off the summit of world football.cheap nfl jersey wholesale

Against Liverpool, Neymar showcased just why PSG spent so much to sign him. He displayed pace, strength, vision and the ability to transition PSG from defence to attack in the blink of an eye. He scored one and could have scored a couple more; at times, he even looked as though he was a 15-year-old playing against 10-year-olds. But he switches off too easily. When you watch Neymar, you wonder what he would really be like if he had the focus and drive of Ronaldo, who always wants more whether or not he has already scored a hat trick or wonder goal.

Neymar is simply wired differently. The moment in the second half of this game, when he turned his back on the play to urge the crowd to turn up the volume, was a case in point. While he was throwing his arms in the air, the ball to Neymar from midfield ended up sailing past him and out of play, unseen by the player who was instead looking at the crowd. That just wouldn’t happen with Ronaldo or Messi.