Neymar “put in one of the best performances I’ve ever seen” in helping Barcelona stun Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, according to Steven Gerrard.
Barca created Champions League history in overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit to win 6-5 on aggregate, with Neymar scoring twice, earning his side a penalty and setting up Sergi Roberto’s match-winning strike at the death.
It’s fair to say that Gerrard, speaking to BT Sport, was impressed with the 25-year-old Brazil superstar.
“World class players have big moments at important times,” he said.
“(Luis) Suarez and (Lionel) Messi were almost quiet tonight.
“Neymar put in probably one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.”
Rio Ferdinand was equally impressed, adding: “He was the best player on the pitch. He’s the heir to the throne of (Cristiano) Ronaldo and Messi.
“Neymar took responsibility and took hold of this game with eight minutes to go and said: ‘Listen, I’m going to do something special each time I get it to drag us back into this.’”
Michael Owen joined them in praising the Barca forward.
“At around 75 minutes it felt flat,” he said. “They looked like they’d given up. Everybody felt like that, the players and the fans.
“That Neymar free-kick, that spark of life, and it went again.”