Champions become salvation to avoid worse storm in Europe

Champions become salvation to avoid worse storm in Europe
Champions become salvation to avoid worse storm in Europe
For the first time since he landed in European football, Neymar is at real risk of ending a season outside the top 250 of the Golden Boot, an award that is awarded to the top scorer of the continent’s national championships.

With countless physical and disciplinary problems that have taken him out of more than half of the rounds of the French Championship, Paris Saint-Germain’s number 10 has only rocked the nets six times in the course of the competition.

Without scoring in Ligue 1 for more than two months, the Brazilian star has just 12 points in the Golden Boot and currently occupies a very modest 248th position in the list of goalscorers of the European season.

Expelled in the 1-0 loss to Lille on Saturday, the striker already knows that he will not participate in the next round of the national league against Strasbourg, and could lose two more games (Saint-Étienne and Metz) depending on the size of his team. suspension.

As there are only six rounds left for the Frenchman to close, it is quite possible that Neymar will not even reach the mark of nine goals scored in Spanish on his European debut (2013/14). This is to this day the worst performance of the player in a national championship since he arrived in the Old Continent.

The only possible salvation for the season below criticism of the ace in France is the Champions League, a competition in which he has been in the net six times and is only behind Erling Haaland in the artillery.

Tomorrow (7), PSG starts reissuing last year’s Champions League decision to try to reach the continental tournament semifinals again. The first match of the clash against Bayern Munich, missing Robert Lewandowski, is in Germany.

Despite suffering a ligament injury to his right knee that should keep him out of the game until the end of the month, Lewa remains little threatened at the head of the Golden Boot.

Bayern’s striker has 70 points, against 48 from Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest opponent in the race for the prize. In practice, the difference between the Polish and the Italian of Juventus is 11 goals.

Brazil has not won the cup since 2001/02, when Jardel (Sporting) was the top scorer of the European season. The former Grêmio striker also lifted the trophy in 1998/99. Besides him, only Ronaldo (1996/97) has already placed the country on the highest place on the podium.

This season, the best placed Brazilian is João Pedro, ex-Santos and Atlético-MG, who plays for Cagliari, from Italy. With 13 goals and 26 points, he shares 43rd place with four other players, with South Korea’s Heung-min Son, Tottenham’s star, the best known of them.

The “Blog do Rafael Reis” publishes every Tuesday a new partial of the race for the top scorer in the Old Continent.

Neymar in the Golden Boot

2020/21 – 12 points (6 goals for PSG)
2019/20 – 26 points (13 goals for PSG)
2018/19 – 30 points (15 goals for PSG)
2017/18 – 38 points (19 goals for PSG)
2016/17 – 26 points (13 goals for Barcelona)
2015/16 – 48 points (24 goals for Barcelona)
2014/15 – 44 points (22 goals for Barcelona)
2013/14 – 18 points (9 goals for Barcelona)

Check the classification of the Golden Boot

1 – Robert Lewandowski (POL, Bayern Munich) – 70 points (35 goals)
2 – Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Juventus) – 48 points (24 goals)
3 – Lionel Messi (ARG, Barcelona) – 46 points (23 goals)
4 – André Silva (POR, Eintracht Frankfurt) – 44 points (22 goals)
5 – Erling Haaland (NOR, Borussia Dortmund) – 42 pontos (21 gols)
6 – Kasper Junker (DIN, Bodo / Glimt) – 40.5 points (27 goals)
7 – Kylian Mbappé (FRA, Paris Saint-Germain) – 40 points (20 goals)
Romelu Lukaku (BEL, Inter Milan) – 40 points (20 goals)
9 – Gerard Moreno (ESP, Villarreal) – 38 points (19 goals)
Harry Kane (ING, Tottenham) – 38 points (19 goals)
Luis Suárez (URU, Atlético de Madrid) – 38 points (19 goals)

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