Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Neymar has been one of the standout players in the Champions League this season and he’s in the hunt to win the Golden Boot at the end of the season. PSG were drawn in a tricky Champions League group but they were able to scale through the test thanks to the brilliance of Neymar.
The French giants were drawn in Group G alongside Premier League heavyweights Manchester United, German Bundesliga team RB Leipzig andTurkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir. Neymar scored six goals for PSG as they finished as the group winners. The Brazilian player saved the best for the last with his hattrick against Istanbul Basaksehir in the final game in Group H. Neymar scored three goals as PSG thrashed their Turkish opponents 5-1 at home to secure their spot in the round of 16 of the competition as group winners. PSG ended up as Group H winners ahead of RB Leipzig by virtue of the away goals rule and a better goal difference. The two teams finished their respective group campaigns with the same point.
Neymar and PSG will face Barcelona in the round of 16 after the draw for the Champions League knockout stage took place at the start of December. RB Leipzig will face Premier League holders Liverpool in the next round. Manchester United were third in Group H thus missing out on a place in the knockout stage. The Red Devils dropped down to the Europa League as a result of their third place finish, while Istanbul Basaksehir are out of Europe this season as their reward for finishing at the bottom of the four-team group.
Apart from Neymar, the likes of ErlingHaaland of Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata are also on six goals in the race for the Champions League Golden Boot.