I don’t care if this season’s UEFA Champions League is different than any of the previous versions of the tournament. If Neymar Jr. leads Paris Saint-Germain to the title, it will be a historic moment.
PSG has never won the Champions League before and while Neymar has lifted the iconic cup with FC Barcelona, winning it with the capital club would validate his decision to leave Spain in 2017.
On Neymar’s official website, his communications team posted a long article chronicling his time in confinement in Brazil during the coronavirus pandemic and his desire to return to the pitch.
“This period was atypical, but the main focus was to keep safe, with steady body and mind,” Neymar said. “I am ready and excited to return, thinking a lot about the Champions League, of course. We have a strong group, conquered a historical qualification, with the same intensity and dedication, but I miss the heat of the game. I can barely wait to enter the pitch and to, if it’s God’s will, make history.”
Last Wednesday, it was revealed that the Champions League will resume on August 7, with the remaining Round of 16 matches. PSG will return to action in the competition between August 12 and 15 when the quarter-finals will be played. The final will be on August 23 and all of PSG’s matches will be in Lisbon, Portugal.
Neymar’s contract at PSG expires in 2022, so realistically, if he doesn’t sign an extension soon, he will only have this season and next to win the Champions League and prove all of the naysayers wrong.
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