Analysis On Neymar’s Move To PSG According To BBC

Analysis – ‘This transfer has a distinct political overtone’

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Richard Conway
“Revons plus grand”

PSG’s motto is hard to avoid at their stadium, Parc de Princes.

The translation? “Dream bigger”

PSG’s owners, Qatari Sports Investment (QSI), are the upstarts within the European game and determined to disrupt the old order.

QSI is an arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund – so PSG’s ambitions are backed by the enormous natural gas wealth of the Gulf state.

Qatar is locked in a bitter dispute with its Arab neighbours – so this transfer has a distinct political overtone as it seeks to show it will not be diminished or cowed by an ongoing trade blockade and a diplomatic war of words.

Having secured the World Cup in 2022, Doha sees PSG as one of the ways through which the state can achieve its ambitions.

Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations have certainly tempered PSG’s elaborate spending in recent seasons, and Neymar’s arrival would represent a serious challenge to the club in this respect – but there’s confidence within PSG’s boardroom that it will not be a significant issue.

Ultimately this deal will not be judged in the governmental salons of Doha nor on a spreadsheet. Instead, success must be delivered through PSG capturing arguably the club game’s greatest trophy, the Champions League.

What will Barcelona be missing?

Neymar is one third of Barcelona’s ‘MSN’ strikeforce, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

In the past three seasons, they have scored 250 goals between them in 299 appearances.

But they do more than just score…

The MSN Axis

La Liga assists for each other 


How productive are MSN?

Chances created in past three La Liga seasons


When Neymar creates…

Assists for Barcelona team-mates in last three La Liga seasons


How does Neymar serve Messi and Suarez?

Statistics for past three La Liga seasons


Source: BBC Sports 

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