PSG forked out a world-record charge of €222 million (£198m/$263m) to convey Neymar to Parc des Princes from Camp Nou in August 2017.
The Brazilian had established himself among the many perfect gamers of the trendy period throughout his time at Barca, scoring 105 objectives in 186 matches whereas additionally getting his palms on two La Liga titles and the Champions League.
Nevertheless, he struggled to achieve the identical heights throughout his first two seasons at PSG, with persistent accidents and disciplinary points stopping him from fulfilling his full potential.
Neymar pushed for a return to Barca final summer time after rising annoyed together with his scenario within the French capital, however the Spanish giants have been in the end unable to achieve a closing settlement together with his present employers.
The 28-year-old bounced again from that disappointment by getting again to fundamentals behind the scenes in Paris with a view to rediscovering his finest type.
Neymar ended up inspiring Thomas Tuchel’s males to a home treble in addition to their first-ever Champions League closing, however couldn’t stop them from dropping 1-0 to Bayern Munich within the showpiece occasion earlier this 12 months.
The ex-Barca famous person has since insisted that he’s joyful at PSG, and though his damage issues have returned firstly of the 2020-21 marketing campaign, Rafinha thinks a fellow countryman is now in a far stronger place mentally than he ever was at Camp Nou.
The 27-year-old midfielder, who performed alongside Neymar in Catalonia between 2013 and 2017, advised Telefoot: “I discovered a way more mature participant than at Barca.
“Neymar is world-class, top-of-the-line on the planet. It is a privilege to play with him.”
Rafinha was talking forward of PSG’s essential Champions League conflict with RB Leipzig on Tuesday, which they can’t afford to lose after dropping to 3rd in Group H following a slim defeat in Germany on matchday three.
“The sport in opposition to Leipzig is extraordinarily essential. It’s a key assembly, and there is just one means out of this assembly: it’s by successful,” he added.