Neymar, a Ligue 1 record

Thomas Siniecki, Media365: published on Tuesday, November 08, 2022 at 1:10 p.m.

After fourteen days of Ligue 1, never had a start to the season been as decisive as that of Neymar, from a statistical point of view (at least since 2006). The Brazilian doesn’t stop scoring, but also passing.

Not far from being in the shape of his life, Neymar is showing at least his best level since his arrival at Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. His coach Christophe Galtier expressed it in these terms on Sunday, after the success in Lorient ( 1-2) scored by a goal and an assist from his Brazilian. Is it the prospect of the World Cup, for which he has just been officially selected by Tite, which makes him so strong and sharp again? The answer will only come next year, especially with the already highly anticipated clash against Bayern in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but the truth of the moment brings certainty: never has a player started so well. Ligue 1 season after 14 days, already more than a third of the season.

This statistic has actually held since 2006, when Opta’s analyzes began, but it can certainly extend well beyond that. With a total of eleven goals and nine assists, the former Barcelonan is thus involved in 20 goals and no one had yet posted these passing times for at least sixteen years, therefore. And he has only played thirteen games, since he was suspended at Ajaccio ten days ago (0-3)… In Europe, there are onlyErling Haaland who manages to do better by being involved in 21 Manchester City goals since the start of the season, in a much less distributed way with 18 goals and three assists. Neymar is tied with Kylian Mbappé at the top of the French championship scorers, while being the second passer behind his other teammate Lionel Messi (ten assists for the Argentinian).

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