Real Madrid scoffed when Paris Saint-Germain swooped in to sign Neymar from Barcelona for £200million in the summer... but they’re not laughing now, writes Rik Sharma in Madrid.
Finishing second to Tottenham in the group means reigning European champions Madrid must now face the Brazilian who
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN stars will arrive in Madrid in style as they board their new personalised private jet.
The mega-rich French giants take on Zinedine Zidane's reigning European Champions in a mouth-watering clash at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
And their arrival will not go unnoticed with their luxury Fly Emirates plane
EVERYBODY is looking forward to this game.
The greatest club in Champions League history against a club which would give anything to win it once.
There is no doubt Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain depend on their star men, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
Both of them will want to prove they
It's back! The Champions League returns with the real business about to start in the last 16 stage of the competition.
With so many elite sides finishing as runners-up in the group stage, the draw has produced some spectacular ties - including the holders Real Madrid vs
Manchester City's January transfer splurge on centre-back Aymeric Laporte in the January transfer window has seen the Premier League leader's squad become the most expensive in world football.
After the French defender's £57million switch to the Etihad, and even accounting for the loan exit of £42m centre-half Eliaquim Mangala
There is no method to stopping Neymar according to Real Madrid star Dani Carvajal.
The Spain right-back will not face the Brazilian forward on Wednesday in the Champions League last 16 due to suspension, meaning Nacho or Achraf Hakimi will deputise.
Neymar has 28 goals in just 27
LIVERPOOL cruised to another comfortable win as they dismantled a resigned-looking Southampton 2-0 at St Mary's on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp had usual suspects Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to thank for the victory.
Firstly, Salah jinked inside and squared the ball to Firmino to sweep the ball into the back
Lionel Messi insists Barcelona are better as a result of Neymar's departure having adapted their style of play.
Paris Saint-Germain bought the Brazilian for £202m last summer, but the Blaugrana have flourished since under Ernesto Valverde.
But Messi believes the La Liga giants have improved with the side
He's now the world's most expensive player but there was a time when Neymar could have been snapped up for £8million - but that was considered too expensive.
The Brazilian superstar, now famously at Paris St-Germain, could have kicked off his senior career in Russia had things gone differently.
Xavi has revealed Barcelona tried and failed to sign Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
The Spaniard, who now plays for Qatari side Al-Sadd SC, spent 17 seasons at the Nou Camp winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies, and clearly still has
Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo believes Zinedine Zidane's side need Neymar.
The Brazilian has been linked with a stunning move to the Bernabeu despite only joining PSG in a world-record deal last summer.
The pair were both in London at the unveiling of Nike's new Mercurial 360 boots.
And while former
Cristiano Ronaldo insists he remains confident that he can continue pushing himself among football’s elite “for years to come”.
The Portugal superstar has won back-to-back Ballon d’Or crowns, but is part of a Real Madrid side failing to impress this term.
Ronaldo turned 33 on Monday, and some
Barcelona are in talks to make a feature-length film with Pixar that will be the first collaboration of its kind.
The La Liga giants are looking for new and innovative ways to market their brand globally.
The ever-changing world of media has seen Amazon Prime and Netflix enter the market
Kylian Mbappe had a brilliant response when asked if Cristiano Ronaldo is on the decline - he simply laughed at the question.
The Real Madrid forward has been far from his best this season, as Los Blancos have struggled to perform anywhere near the levels expected
DANI ALVES showed no fear in donning the gloves for Paris Saint-Germain last night.
Standing at just 5ft 6ins, the usual full-back seemed almost eager to replace Kevin Trapp between the sticks after the goalkeeper was sent-off.
It might be because the French giants were already cruising 4-1 in the
Liverpool have been warned that Roma goalkeeper Alisson will cost in excess of £45million - but told to pay no matter the cost.
The Brazilian international is currently keeping Manchester City stopper Ederson out of the Selecao lineup and has been watched by the Reds and is
Dani Alves ended PSG's victory over Sochaux in goal after a late red card for Kevin Trapp.
PSG cruised into the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France on Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory.
Angel Di Maria was the star of the show as he scored a hat-trick before the
TOTTENHAM'S new boy Lucas Moura is being put through his paces in a race to make his club debut.
The Brazilian penned a five-year deal on transfer deadline day after Spurs agreed a £23million fee with Paris Saint-Germain.
Moura is lacking match fitness having made just six substitute appearances for
NEYMAR'S astonishing £600,000-a-week salary has been revealed to be more than DOUBLE the wages of the next best player in French football.
The Brazilian star stunned football when he decided to quit Barcelona last summer to make a £198million move to Ligue 1.
Paris Saint-Germain, backed by Qatar Sports Investments,
NEYMAR will snub Real Madrid as he is "very happy, very comfortable" at Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Ligue 1 leaders' academy chief.
Luis Fernandez insists the Neymar he knows is the opposite of reports that suggest the £198million world record buy from Barcelona is unsettled and itching to
Sharp suits, celebrity guests and stunning girlfriend - Neymar knows how to party.
The Brazilian turns 26 today - the same day as Cristiano Ronaldo - but last night it was all about him.
In a lavish party said to have been attended be the likes of Brazilian legend Ronaldo,
THE details of Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar's birthday celebrations have reportedly been revealed.
The Brazil international, who turns 26 on Monday, will host 50 guests on Sunday evening.
Spanish news outlet AS reports that Neymar will fly 50 guests over from Brazil for the party, and he will also cover all
TICKETS for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain's Champion's League tie are on sale for £20,000 on a re-selling website - 303 times their original value.
The clamour for ticket will surprise few as the round of 16 clash has been regarded as the biggest game of Los Blancos' season,
Real Madrid have reportedly accepted Cristiano Ronaldo's contract demands with the Portuguese star set to remain in Spain.
The five-time Balon d'Or winner's future at the club was in doubt after a poor return in front of goal.
Ronaldo had been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and his former
Neymar is planning to throw a huge party to celebrate turning 26.
The Brazilian 's birthday is on Monday but he will host 50 guests on Sunday evening, the day after Paris Saint-Germain's clash with Lille.
According to AS , Neymar will fly 50 guests over from
Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the final factor to convince Mesut Ozil to stay at the Emirates, claim reports.
Ozil agreed a whopping new deal on Thursday and landing Aubameyang was the sign that the Gunners were going in the right direction that Ozil needed, says the Star.
Mesut Ozil reportedly turned down offers from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United before agreeing a new deal at Arsenal.
Ozil will earn £350,000-a-week after ending speculation over his future at the Emirates.
The German World Cup winner is approaching the end of his existing deal, which is due to
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN boss defended star man Neymar after the Brazilian hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons against Rennes.
The 25-year-old was at the centre of controversy in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final clash in which Les Parisiens won 3-2.
Neymar angered the Rennes players after profusely showboating
Neymar has hit out at Lucas Moura's impending move to Tottenham - claiming his compatriot hasn't been given a chance at Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old is set to join Spurs in a £25million switch from the Parc des Princes.
Moura was left out of the PSG squad
Neymar has finally clarified why he blocked Edinson Cavani from taking a penalty against Dijon to clinch the all-time top goalscorer record for PSG.
The Brazilian refused to gift his team-mate the opportunity to seal history, despite leading 7-0 at the time.
The former Barcelona superstar grabbed the ball and