‘Lionel Messi is not the most important’ – Reporter makes bold claim naming ‘X-factor’ at PSG

The Team Journalist Karim Bennani has snubbed Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Lionel Messi as the club’s most important player, calling Neymar an ‘X-factor’.

Neymar, 30, opened the current season in incredible form. His club is at the top of Ligue 1 and Group H of the UEFA Champions League. Operating with plenty of freedom in Christophe Galtier’s 3-4-2-1 setup, he has registered 13 goals and 10 assists in 16 games this season.

Messi, on the other hand, has been making headlines recently due to his sublime performances at the Parc des Princes. He has scored 11 goals and provided 12 assists in 16 total appearances.

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speaking on Greg’s TeamBennani claimed that Neymar had more impact than Messi for the Parisians this campaign:

“Today Lionel Messi is not the most important at PSG. He scored more goals and made more assists than last year, but Neymar Jr. has been so important since the start of the season He is PSG’s X factor.”

Bennani claimed the Ligue 1 champions can taste success if the Brazilian maintains his form after the 2022 FIFA World Cup:

“If he is not well, PSG will not be well this year and vice versa. In the big matches, if Neymar is very good, Paris has every chance of going all the way. And if the Brazilian comes back well after the World Cup, the capital club can go very far. I think for Neymar this is his best time at the club.”

Neymar, who has 74 goals in 120 international caps, is set to represent Brazil at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar next month. The Selecao have been drawn in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon and are set to open their tournament on November 24.

Neymar is next set to feature for PSG in their next Ligue 1 clash against Troyes at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, October 29.

Former PSG striker worried about Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé

Speaker on RMC Sport Rothen ignites programme, former PSG ace Jérôme Rothen highlighted the defensive concerns over Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe:

“With the ball, you realize that they can hurt. On the other hand, the real problem is without the ball. How do they manage when they lose the ball? Do the three in front want help the collective to recover it? Today, I say no. This team is too fragile.”

Rothen also claimed that the Parisians are passive in their defensive phase of the game and give their opponents leeway to attack:

“When there’s pace and technical quality up front, they find themselves in danger too quickly. They fall back too easily and they concede too many chances. It’s a track that needs improvement.”

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