Whether Neymar is a Barcelona player for much longer remains to be seen, but he is not allowing his form to suffer as a result of the speculation.
Rumours continue to swirl that the Brazilian international will complete a staggering £196m move to Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days/week as he looks to emerge from Lionel Messi’s shadow, but his performance against Juventus on Saturday night did a fine job of that all on its own.
The Catalan giants were in International Champions Cup (i.e. friendly) action against Juve in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, and the 25-year-old game them a stark reminder of what they’d be losing by scoring twice in the 2-1 victory.
His first was more of a team effort, collecting the ball from Messi before playing a one-two with Paco Alcacer and firing past Gianluigi Buffon:
The second goal, however, was all Neymar. Once again collecting the ball from Messi, the forward inked his way past a tight Juventus defence, past Medhi Benatia and Stephan Lichtsteiner and leaving Andrea Barzagli on his back before once again striking past Buffon in a moment of sheer individual class:
Giorgio Chiellini pulled one back for Juventus midway through the second half, but it wasn’t enough for the Italian champions as they adjust to life after losing fellow defender Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan.
Meanwhile, performances like this are only likely to see PSG ramp up their efforts to agree terms with Neymar and instigate buyout proceedings, while Barca manager Ernesto Valverde will be loath to lose such an important player as he begins his reign at Camp Nou.