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Neymar to PSG - Football Manager Experiment

Neymar to PSG - Football Manager Experiment

It looks as if the most expensive transfer in football history is about to finally end, with Neymar set to sign for the French club PSG this week for a reported fee of 199 million Pounds.


I think I speak for all when I say that I just can't wait for this soap-opera to end. Similar to last year when Manchester and Jose chased Pogba for the whole Summer, this time around we have the Brazilian national, Neymar Jr, in the focus of all the media attention.

Also it looks as if the transfer will break the world record set by Man Utd and Pogba from last year and that for a fair amount.

There is no doubt that Neymar is a world class, and probably the biggest competitor for the golden ball after Messi and Ronaldo finally retire.

But one question has to be made, is the world class like Neymar is really worth so many millions? To get the answer to that question, we will use Football Manager for help.

How Neymar's future will look like in PSG, and in the end whether the PSG will really get the benefit of this transfer, you can find out below.

YouTuber xFootyGamerx89 has simulated three seasons in the game and came up with some interesting discoveries.

Neymar at PSG - first season overview

Neymar at PSG - first season overview
Neymar's first season at PSG in numbers.

Neymar manager to score 26 goals throughout the season in all competitions, with most of them coming in Ligue 1 (23), and he also added 14 assists in the campaign. Not a bad first season at all for the Brazilian. Also, he managed an average rating of 7.80, which is nothing short of spectacular.

He was played mostly on the left side of the attacking trio, same as it was the case in Barcelona.

PLAYER AWARDS: Golden Shoe 3rd placed, Star of the Season (Ligue 1), Best Player (Ligue 1), Top Goalscorer runner-up (Ligue 1).

PSG's SEASON: They have finished 2nd in the league, four points behind Monaco. However, they have won all three cup competitions in France (Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and french Super-cup).

In the Champions League they managed to pass the group and got all the way to the quarterfinals, where they were beaten by Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate.

Neymar at PSG - second season overview

Neymar at PSG - second season overview
Neymar's second season at PSG and he already wants to be the captain of the French club.

Neymar's second season at the French club was as not as good as the first one, as the Brazilian managed to score 'only' 15 goals and added 6 assists to his tally. There were no injuries to his name, so it seems that it was just one of them slow seasons for the ex-Barcelona forward. He did however managed an average rating of 7.73 which is more than good.

Again he was mostly played on the left side of the attacking trio.

PLAYER AWARDS: Star of the Season runner-up, Named in Ligue 1 XI of the Season, Foreign Player of the year.

PSG's SEASON: The club from the French capital managed to grab only 3rd place and was left behind by Monaco who finished first and OM who finished second. It has to be noted that all three clubs were two points apart, with Monaco winning the Ligue 1 by 84 points, same as OM, but better goal difference, PSG had two points less than the first two.

They won the French cup and ended as runners-up in the super-cup.

In the Champions League they were once again knocked-out in the quarterfinals, this time by Bayern 4-1 on aggregate.

Neymar at PSG - third season overview

Neymar at PSG - third season overview
3rd season in and Neymar still not dominating in terms of goals or assists.

Neymar surprisingly is still not dominating the French Ligue 1 in terms of goals or assists. He managed to score 17 goals from 38 games and has added 4 assists to his name in the process. His average rating is the lowest out of the three seasons but still high with 7.65.

Position switch this season and Neymar now plays primarily in AMC role. Coutinho, who was brought this season from Liverpool plays in the left wing.

PLAYER AWARDS: Star of the Season 3rd placed, Ligue 1 Stars Team of the competition.

PSG's SEASON: Paris club finally won the league in their 3rd season smashing the competition and finishing 19 points above the second placed AS Monaco. Once again they won the French cup, that makes it three seasons in a row, and once again the won the French super-cup.

Same story once again in the Champions League, where they were knocked-out in the quarterfinals by Tottenham.

Neymar's three seasons at PSG Summary


In summary, according to Football Manager, Neymar's first three seasons in French capital went very well, with him winning every major individual award in France and scoring over 50 goals in 90+ games in this period with an average rating higher than 7.65.

PSG won three consecutive Cup titles, and one Ligue 1 title. However, one title the French club are dreaming of, the Champions League, is still just a dream as they have been knocked out three times in a row from the quarterfinals of the competition.

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