Neymar: PSG forward named UCL Player of the Week

Neymar: PSG forward named UCL Player of the Week

- Neymar inspired PSG to a breathtaking comeback to win Atalanta in the Champions League

- The Brazilian was named man of the match for helping his side to the semis of the competition

- He has now won the Champions League player of the week award

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Neymar has been named the UEFA Champions League player of the week after helping his side to an epic comeback to beat Italian side Atalanta in the quarter-final.

The Brazilian forward who was the hero as Barcelona knocked PSG out three years ago was at his very best as the French champions secured their place in the semi-finals.

He missed two big chances to score in the first half and the critics were out with their pitchforks.

But nobody offered more of a threat and for his sheer efforts alone, Neymar deserves it and statistics have shown that he completed 16 successful dribbles in the match, which is the highest in a Champions League game since April 2008.

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The 26-year-old now becomes a joint-record holder for the most dribbles (16) in a single Champions League match with only Lionel Messi and Javier Zanetti also achieving such a feat.

The win means Thomas Tuchel's men are through to the semis, ending their modern-day quarter-final jinx.

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Neymar celebrates a goal for PSG against Atalanta. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, wasted no time in hitting out at long term critics of the French Ligue 1 in the wake of Lyon’s sensational victory over Manchester City.

Taking to Twitter, Mbappe congratulated local champions while simultaneously mocking critics by using the famous “Farmers’ League” slander.

Lyon also took to their own social media to poke fun at the Farmers jibe by writing “No farmers here” as both PSG and Lyon are into the last 4.

Legit.ng earlier reported that it will be the first time since the 2005 that both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature in the semifinal of the prestigious competition.

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Ronaldo’s Juventus crashed out of this season’s tournament in the round of 16 following their loss to French side Lyon.

Messi and Ronaldo have made their mark in the history of the competition with the Argentine winning it four times with Barcelona.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, has lifted the coveted trophy five times, once at Manchester United and then four times while playing for Real Madrid.

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