Neymar entered UEFA’s nomination for best player in the Champions League semi-finals, with the additional information being just two offsides.
Angel Di Maria, Neymar, Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski are the four nominees for the award. UEFA added that Di Maria scored a goal, finished two goals on goal and offside once. Neymar is offside twice. Gnabry scored twice, finishing the goal three shots. And Lewandowski scored one goal, three shots on goal.
Four Champions League semi-final best player nominations on the UEFA home page, with statistics like goals, on target and offsides.
In the semi-final on the evening of August 18, PSG defeated Leipzig 3-0 thanks to goals from Marquinhos, Di Maria and Juan Bernat. Di Maria created two goals for his teammates, while Neymar spontaneously hit his heels to clear Di Maria’s deck. But, the assists were not recorded by UEFA supplementing the four nominations.
UEFA for its readers to vote for “Best Player of the Week” award, based on each round of the Champions League. In the quarterfinals, Neymar was also nominated alongside midfielder Dayot Upamecano (Leipzig), Thomas Muller (Bayern) and Moussa Dembele (Lyon). The Brazilian striker won that election.
In the quarterfinals against Atalanta 2-1, Neymar passed 16 times – a record over-body in a Champions League match since 2006. In the last two games, he created two goals for his teammates, making an impact. Raised PSG’s gameplay. But, Neymar also missed several delicious opportunities to score. Whoscored statistics firm gave Neymar 9.5 and 8.4 points respectively in these two matches.
(According to UEFA, Whoscored)