We’d seen it all before.
A once in a lifetime goal for most players was simply a walk down memory lane for Neymar.
His hat-trick goal during PSG’s 8-0 demolition of Dijon was a mirror image of his Puskas Award winner for Santos against Ronaldinho’s Flamengo in 2011.
A standing start
Both goals started with a standing start.
If we’re being critical his goal for Santos was five yards closer to the goal, but on both occasions he was tight to the touchline with minimal room to work in.
Not a problem for a man with velcro feet.
Two becomes none
On both occasions two defenders rushed to shut Neymar down.
With a burst of acceleration Neymar left the defenders in the dust, opening up the pitch and setting the wheels in motion.
Bypassing the third
This is where the goals vary slightly, although both include a complete bypass of the third defender.
Back in 2011 Neymar played a one-two with Santos’ striker to get rid of the third defender.
Seven years on and with the confidence of a Champions League medal in his back pocket he simply dropped his shoulder and carried on his march towards goal.
Fourth and final
Three defenders left for dead, one remaining.
Cue a quite jaw dropping piece of skill from Santos Neymar, rolling the ball with the sole of his foot before snapping it from under the defender’s nose.
It was a piece of skill that defined Neymar as a player and ensured he won the Puskas Award with minimal competition.
PSG Neymar wasn’t as flash, dropping another shoulder before shifting the ball and shooting, but the end result was exactly the same.
Watch both goals below:
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