The international Brazil has travelled to France in order to win the award, but always has to compose in this manner in history books.
Neymar had celebrated his 13th birthday two months ago when the quarter-finals in the Champions League were played without Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
Since then, the Brazilian has come a long way.
With Santos, Barcelona and Paris, he captured domestic titles and with the previous two he won continental finals. He also knew the sting of loss for his French outfit in the Champions League final.
He claimed the Puska Prize on his own, won one of the richest contracts on the game and wrote down in history by moving from the Camp Nu to the Parc des Princes in 2017 to an astounding 222 million euro (£198m / 263m dollars).
The game’s most coveted individual award is the Ballon d’Or, though.
However, without Messi and Ronaldo playing the centre stage for the first time since 2005 in the later stages of the Champions League is a chance for Neymar to take what he arrived at Paris for winning four years ago.
Having scored 20 goals in 25 PSG matches in the Champions League, Neymar was good in the tournament – at least when he had the chance to play.
Since transferring to Paris, his storey in the European Cup has been mostly about heartbreak injuries.
In the final sixteenth of the 2017-18 seasons he missed the second leg against Real Madrid, all matches with Manchester United and PSG one year later dumped, and Neymar was under health also last year’s Final 8 in Lisbon.
The injury revile has struck again this term, as well. Shockingly handled by Mauricio Pochettino in a Coupe de France match against Ligue 2 side Caen in January, he got a physical issue that denied him of a get-together with Barca.
In the occasion, a rankling first-leg execution from Kylian Mbappe guided PSG through against the Catalans, with Neymar incapable even to make the crew for the return leg in Paris – an installation he had been urgent to partake in.
Thus to Bayern Munich and the initial match of a quarter-last charged normally as a rehash of last August’s conclusive – a match that the German side won, obviously, on account of a Kingsley Coman strike.
Neymar and PSG don’t move toward the match in great fettle. Pochettino’s side were the casualties of a 1-0 misfortune to Lille on Saturday that leaves them following their opponents by three in the title race, while Neymar was shipped off late on after a disappointed upheaval at Tiago Djalo.
This stoppage-time excusal, which could deny PSG of their star for up to three alliance matches in what vows to be a tight homegrown altercation, has indeed prompted inquiries over the mindset of the 29-year-old.
Previous Barcelona and PSG player Ludovic Giuly contrasted Neymar horribly with Ronaldinho, telling TF1:
“THEY HAVE EVERYTHING, EXCEPT THEY DON’T OFFER EVERYTHING TO TURN OUT TO BE MUCH MORE PROMINENT.”
Bixente Lizarazu, a World Cup and Champions League victor in his playing days, contended that “his conduct isn’t that of a partner”.
It was previous France, Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who dispatched the most blistering assault on Neymar, however.
“NEYMAR IS BOTH THE ISSUE AND THE ARRANGEMENT,”
he told RMC. “At the point when you don’t gain from your slip-ups – he’ll be 30 soon – this is on the grounds that you’ve been a child for your entire life and everybody around you is deliberately ignoring your conduct.
“HE ACTUALLY HASN’T WON THE BALLON D’OR YET. HE WAS ANTICIPATED TO BE THE REPLACEMENT TO MESSI AND RONALDO, HOWEVER, HE’S AS YET NOT GOT IT AND HE’S NEAR TURNING 30.”
Petit proceeded to contend that Neymar detrimentally affects others.
“A few players are being ‘Neymarised’, beginning with Mbappe,” the 1998 World Cup victor said. “As far as I might be concerned, the player generally illustrative of the PSG crew is Angel Di Maria.
“At the point when Di Maria is playing and the other two are not there, he’s another player. He buckles down for his group and gets on top of them.
“At the point when he is related with the other two stars, out of nowhere he vanishes. You get the impression it’s an individual game and there could be not, at this point a connection between the players.
“AT THE POINT WHEN YOU’RE THE SPECIALIZED HEAD OF YOUR GROUP, THE STAR, YOU GENERALLY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TOWARDS YOUR CLUB.”
It is with this analysis ringing in his ears that Neymar, still not match sharp after almost two months out, will take to the field at the Allianz Arena.
PSG will be without Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes in Bavaria, and as such are probably not going to direct a significant part of the game. Neymar can anticipate taking care of off pieces.
He should benefit as much as possible from those, however, to quiet his faultfinders as well as give PSG a stage to advance to the semi-finals and make a stride closer the tricky Ballon d’Or that he longs for.