The return of Neymar to Spain amidst Bernabeu switch rumours - FCNaija

Features By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/02/2018

Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Siant-Germain in the summer or a world-record fee of £198m million, but a return to Spain seems a serious possibility in future after strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid.

 Talk of Neymar moving to Real Madrid is already cause many rife as the Brazilian who turned 26 last week, spent four successful seasons at Camp Nou, where he was brought in as a long-term replacement for Lionel Messi. However, with the Argentine attacker still going strong, he decided to move away to be his own man in Paris.

As soon as he had left the Catalan club, it was speculated that the Neymar would end up at Santiago Bernebua as the heir apparent to Cristiano Ronaldo who has a dip of form for the Los Blancos and the Olympic gold medalist where he spent a short time on trial as a teenager as part of Robinho's move from Santos.

The European holder host the dethroned Ligue 1 champions PSG in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday night as the Los Blancos’ domestic form may be less than impressive, but their unbeaten in the continental record at home stretches as far back as March 2015. with the La Liga outfit finished runners-up in Group H, behind Tottenham Hotspur but above Borussia Dortmund. 

Les Parisiens, meanwhile, cruised into the knockout stage after finishing above Bayern Munich, Celtic and Anderlecht in Group B and it is not coincidence that the two teams are clashing and the stories are meant to make Neymar lose focus ahead of the tie what should be one of the biggest games for PSG to stake their claim as a major force in European football.

PSG want to be a major force in Europe since the Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011 and the takeover made Paris side the richest club in France and one of the wealthiest in the world it has gone to win four Ligue 1 so far and leading league the table in France.

The Parisians are desperate to win Champions League after previously reaching the knockout stage for the last six occasions and needs to reach this year final in Ukraine that why the spend huge money on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer.

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique has criticised Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for talking about potentially signing Neymar, insisting the speculation is "not very nice" for Los Blancos star Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Perez said Neymar would stand a better chance of winning the coveted Ballon d'Or if he played in Madrid earlier this month, a prize Ronaldo recently clinched for the fifth time.

Despite their wealth of attacking talent, links have emerged between Madrid and Neymar lately amid some speculation the forward isn't totally content with life in Paris

And while the Ballon d'Or has been dominated by Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi in recent years, if Neymar was to lead PSG to glory in both of those competitions, and potentially enjoy a strong FIFA World Cup with Brazil, he'd be in pole position to be crowned the finest footballer on the planet.

The numbers don't lie when it comes to describing how important the Brazilian is at Paris Saint-Germain, not least in how he has contributed 44 goals in the French capital via 28 strikes and 16 assists.

By way of comparison, Messi is on 41 for the current season with 27 goals and 14 assists.

Neymar had possession of the ball 137 times against Toulouse in a recent Ligue 1 game and attempted almost 100 passes, constituting a Ligue 1 record and the most of any game in the top five European leagues since Opta began collecting such statistics in 2006/07.