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Neymar on top of his game ahead of World Cup

Neymar Jr believes he is “a more complete player”.

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LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 05: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the UEFA Champions League group H match between SL Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on October 5, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Joao Rico/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
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Neymar Jr has been in fine form in 2022-23, scoring 11 goals in 13 games, as well as registering nine assists for the Ligue 1 club.

The forward is hitting form just at the right time as Brazil prepare for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and he believes his all-round game is better than ever before.

“I don’t think there is a new Neymar. I think just that things have dropped into place. I’m having a very good start to the season, like when I came here and in my first two or three years,” he told PSG TV.

“I feel a more complete player now, because I can defend, attack or score goals, make assists, whatever you like. I think I’m now more complete than before.

“I think everyone helps. Of course, I know I’m not an extraordinary defender, but I at least try to help my team-mates however I can.”

Neymar during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between SL Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on October 5, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Neymar during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between SL Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on October 5, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.Octavio PassosGetty

World Cup ambitions

The 30-year-old went on to discuss his goals for the season. “I’m very happy to have started my season well, whether it be with Paris Saint-Germain or the Brazil national team.

“The aim this year is to win with both teams, to win everything with Paris and Brazil. We have a World Cup coming up and we know just how difficult that competition is.

“But I have a dream of winning it, just like the Champions League will be soon in Paris, I’m sure of that.”

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