Neymar etched himself into Champions League folklore on Wednesday night time following a shocking hat-trick in Paris Saint-Germain’s thumping 5-1 victory in opposition to Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Brazil star is now simply the 15th participant to succeed in the 40-goal mark within the Champions League after his unbelievable solo show in Paris.
It was additionally the primary time the 28-year-old has scored two or extra targets in consecutive video games in Europe’s premier competitors.
In addition to this, his treble in opposition to the Turkish aspect means solely Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored extra hat-tricks within the Champions League (8).
However there’s something Neymar has achieved which the aforementioned pair haven’t… sure, you heard proper!
Neymar now has 20 targets to his title for PSG within the competitors, a tally he additionally reached throughout his four-year stint at Barcelona, the place he discovered the web 21 occasions in 40 video games.
And this feat with two golf equipment is one thing Messi or Ronaldo have by no means been in a position to do, though the latter wants simply eight additional strikes with Juventus to finish it.
Neymar opened the scoring for PSG on an evening to savour – in contrast to the surprising scenes which occurred 24 hours earlier between the 2 sides – by producing a stunning nutmeg earlier than curling a luxurious effort into the highest nook.
He doubled the hosts lead after a ruthless counter-attack which concerned each Rafinha and Kylian Mbappe and ended with the ahead squeezing the ball previous Mert Gunok.
Mbappe additionally acquired in on the act – notching a brace both aspect of the break – with Neymar sealing his hat-trick with extra good footwork and a becoming end besides 5 minutes after the interval.
Mehmet Topal discovered the web for the guests quickly after, nevertheless it proved to be a mere comfort as a PSG masterclass – led by the majestic Neymar – secured them high spot in Group H forward of RB Leipzig on objective distinction.
TOP CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SCORERS (INCLUDING QUALIFYING) – 40 GOALS OR MORE
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 134 targets
2. Lionel Messi – 118 targets
3= Raul – 71 targets
3= Robert Lewandowski – 71 targets
5. Karim Benzema – 69 targets
6. Ruud van Nistelrooy – 65 targets
7. Thierry Henry – 50 targets
8= Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 48 targets
8= Andriy Shevchenko – 48 targets
10. Thomas Muller – 47 targets
11. Filippo Inzaghi – 46 targets
12. Didier Drogba – 44 targets
13. Alessandro del Piero – 42 targets
=14. Neymar – 41 targets
=14. Sergio Aguero – 41 targets