PSG Star, Neymar is just 90 minutes away from vindication as the Ligue 1 club gears up for the biggest match in their histor.
For Neymar, the success or failure of his move to Paris Saint-Germain could boil down to their champions league finals face-off against Bayern Munich on Sunday.
The 28-year-old courted controversy in 2017 when he made the spectacular decision to move from Barcelona to the Parc des Princes outfit. A total of €222 million ($264m/£200m) – more than twice the value of the previous record transfer – swapped hands when he traded La Liga for Ligue 1, with many fans branding him a sellout for opting for what they perceived as the easy option.
He now stands on the brink of vindication, and a solitary victory against Bayern Munich would justify the frustration and hurt of his journey in the French capital.
It was Bayern, of course, who gave the deepest glimpse yet into just how far Barca have subsequently plummeted.
If Neymar’s departure at Camp Nou was a symptom rather than the cause of the decline at Camp Nou, it was evident how wretched a state the club finds itself in as they crumpled to a humiliating 8-2 loss against the Bundesliga champions, all but giving up in the closing 10 minutes of the game as they conceded three goals in a manner that would embarrass even amateur sides.