Having returned to his best form, Neymar will clearly be one of PSG's main assets in the Champions League. But before thinking about Dortmund, the Brazilian prepared to celebrate his birthday once again in Paris, and he seemed to have learned his lesson about extravagance.
For those who had forgotten that he was also one of the best players in the world, Neymar is reminding us match after match. The Brazilian wasn't part of the complicated French Cup victory in Pau, but his last match against Lille proved it: the great Neymar is back. Author of a double, he has scored 8 goals in his last 7 games... a good omen before the return of the Champions League in 3 weeks.
The evening was above all a ‘private event’
The Round of 16 is PSG's most important date in the coming days, and the French capital’s club will finally be able to count on Neymar to be in top form, barring any accidents. This has never been the case since his arrival in the summer of 2017. Often injured, the Brazilian has also built up a reputation as being a ‘party boy,’ just as his two previous birthday parties in Paris, widely reported on in the media, had done despite the ultra-strict regulations at the time.
As he had been announcing for several weeks, notably through interviews, the former FC Barcelona player seemed to have redeemed himself and, for his 28th birthday, he made a big decision: to have a more ‘sober’ evening. After a 27th birthday party with the theme of red, the colour of honour for his 28th birthday was white. A dress code that the guests had to respect, as well as another guideline: less exposure on social media, contrary to previous editions.
For those who wanted to see the guests arrive, or even to be invited, know that the party took place Sunday, February 2nd in the evening at the Yoyo, a trendy club located in the heart of the Palais de Tokyo in the 16th district in Paris. A birthday celebrated a little early, as Neymar was born on February 5th, the day after a championship match against Montpellier, and two days before a match against Nantes.
The club can accommodate up to 800 people,so it should have been a very festive evening, but there could have been trouble. While they were unlikely to attend, Leonardo and Nasser Al-Khelaïfi would have been careful not to let any overcrowding or accidental incidents disrupt the good atmosphere that prevailed at the club. Not before the eagerly awaited Round of 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund…