Former Barcelona duo Neymar and Lionel Messi appear to be thriving in Ligue 1 in the new season, with the two of them scoring a chunk of goals for PSG in these early parts of the campaign.
They are even leading Europe in terms of assists, with both of them registering six assists in Ligue 1 so far this season. Their collective brilliance has served as a breath of fresh air for PSG fans, especially after an indifferent 2021/22 campaign.
Speaking to DAZN recently, Neymar has even opened up about the struggles of Messi, in particular, during his debut campaign in Paris.
“Messi’s first year at PSG? I’ve known Leo for a long time. I was able to help him. It’s difficult to make a change like this because he was at Barcelona for many years and now everything has changed for him and his family,” he said.
Messi has indeed had a tough time at PSG last season, scoring only six goals in 26 league appearances. Although he did bag 15 assists, the Argentine was criticised for his lack of impact in PSG’s title chase.
However, Neymar believes Messi is improving now and is starting to settle into life in Paris.
“It’s difficult, but I think he’s improving now and he feels at home. I want him to have fun, and I want us to have fun together. We know we have a lot of things and difficulties ahead of us, but I’m sure we can get through it,” he added.
The improvement has been evident in Messi’s numbers for the new season. In just eight competitive matches so far, the former Barcelona superstar has racked up four goals and six assists. His teammate Neymar has an even better record, having been involved in 16 goals in just eight matches.
PSG fans are hoping these two can continue their exemplary form throughout the remainder of the season, as they look to not only defend their Ligue 1 title but also fare well in the UEFA Champions League.