Back in 2014, the 1994 Brazil World Cup winner, Romario, believed Neymar could make a bigger impact in football than Lionel Messi. He was far from being wrong. But let’s focus more on the off-pitch impact, some call spoiling, others civilizing.
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) November 18, 2017
Mbappe moved to Paris on loan from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco this summer with a sure-thing permanent £166m deal on the horizon at the end of the season. The 18-year-old says he has since put himself “under the wing”Neymar, who was messaging him to urge him to head for the capital club in August.
On the pitch the pair has hit the ground running at PSG, hitting 29 goals and offering up 23 assists between them. And off-pitch, not even a season on, Mbappe revealed a bold new white haircut in celebration of his 19th birthday.
Many now believe Neymar made the right decision to step out of Lionel Messi’s shadow at Barcelona and join Paris Saint-Germain. Though Messi took care of Neymar, the Brazilian had an impact on the Argentine as well; enough to make Twitter explode in August 2016.
Messi before he met Neymar vs Messi after he met Neymar 😂 😂 pic.twitter.com/xoyrsJd5d9
— Football Tips (@footballtips) July 25, 2016
It was not enough with Messi the father. In May this year, Barcelona won the Copa del Rey on Saturday night after winning Alaves at the Vincente Calderon. And the scenes afterward were nothing but celebrations for the Barcelona players and their families.
As the team celebrated and took pictures, their children and partners joined on the field. But it was Thiago and Neymar who broke the internet with Thiago picking up Neymar’s ‘hotline bling’ celebration.