Neymar labels Leo Messi and Mbappe ‘geniuses’ after PSG trio star in spectacular win


Neymar hailed fellow hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain assists king Lionel Messi as “geniuses” after the 6-1 win over Clermont.

The Brazilian also reiterated Mbappe’s decision that it was “disgraceful” that the three players have not been able to meet more often this season.

Messi got three assistants in the Ligue 1 leaders’ victory on Saturday night, becoming the first player to receive three assistants twice on a French flight since Opta’s details of the tournament began in 2006-07, previously assisting three. goals against Saint-Etienne in November.

The former Barcelona captain made an average of 0.73 assistants in 90 minutes on the pitch during his first season in Ligue 1, a top-flight team.

Meanwhile, the trebles hit by Mbappe and Neymar mean they became the first Ligue 1 team to score hat-tricks in the same game since Mbappe and Edinson Cavani did so against Guingamp in January 2019. Prior to that, the last team to win. What Bordeaux did against Valenciennes in August 1979.

Speaking after achieving double Ligue 1 goals this season, Neymar was pleased with PSG’s performance and said the relationship between the top three was improving in every game.

“I’m very happy to have scored my first hat-trick this season,” said Neymar.

“And [I’m] even more excited about the win and our attitude. It’s important that the chemistry between us is strong in every game.”

The win is just the 14th time in all competitions where all three strikers have started together this season, which has led to Mbappe saying it is “disgraceful” that PSG fans are forced to wait until now to see them play together regularly.

Neymar expressed similar sentiments while calling his attacking teammates “unusual”.

“Unfortunately, everyone got only about 100 percent at the end of the season,” Neymar was quoted as saying on the Ligue 1 official website.

“It’s a shame but I’m happy with everything we show on the field. It is very easy to play with the most intelligent players.

“Leo and Kylian are not ordinary, they are two geniuses.”

PSG’s last 11 goals in Ligue 1 have been scored by Mbappe (five), Neymar (five) or Messi (one), and Mauricio Pochettino’s men are closing in on the French title.

Neymar, on the other hand, has now scored against 24 of the 25 rivals he has faced in Ligue 1, outside Brest, with Treble being the first since January 2018, when he scored four goals against Dijon.

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