‘I Still Feel Parisian’ – Former PSG Midfielder Reflects on His Time in Paris

Paris Saint-Germain is about to celebrate its 50th season, and as a result, plenty of former players are speaking about their time with the club.

Throughout their history, PSG has seen plenty of footballers from Brazil bring their flair to the Parc des Princes.

As a result, L’Equipe (via Culture PSG) is beginning a series of articles highlighting some of the Brazilians that have worn the PSG colors. One of the more recent players to sit down with the French media outlet is Nenê, who played three seasons (2010-2013) with the capital club.

The 38-year-old would reflect on his time in Paris, which included a career-high 27 goals during the 2011-12 season.

“I think I’ve had two and a half full seasons. The second year, I was the top scorer on the team, I scored 27 goals, which is huge for a midfielder,” Nenê said. “It was not just the start; that was great. Everything was magnificent. In fact, I find that my second season was even better than the first.”

Furthermore, he was one of the few players that played for PSG before and after the club was purchased by Qatari Sports Investments in 2011.

“It excited me seriously! I was very happy that PSG could put the means to become one of the best clubs in the world,” Nenê said. “From the start, we saw the power they could bring to recruitment, for example. (…) We saw investments taking place at all levels, to improve the Camp des Loges, the changing rooms, the lawns, the gym, the general organization.”

Finally, Nenê commented on his relationship with the club, the city of Paris, and whether he would like to be more involved in the future.

“I still feel Parisian. I am like an ambassador who marked the history of the club. I’m proud of it,” Nenê said. “PSG is my second home. I will never forget, the city, the club, the love of the supporters. One day, I may have a more concrete role, we’ll see.”

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