Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar was responsible for six of the goals in his team’s incredible 8-0 victory over Dijon on Wednesday.
Neymar scored four goals, created another two, and completed seven dizzying dribbles, yet the £200 million player’s pitch perfect performance was still booed by the club’s fans at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
Despite his heroics, the team’s supporters jeered Neymar when he stepped up to take a penalty in the 83rd minute.
At that point in the match, the Brazilian already had three goals to his name. Had Edinson Cavani been the one to score from the spot, the Uruguay striker would have overtaken former PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club’s all-time record goalscorer.
The crowd chanted “Cavani! Cavani! Cavani!” yet Neymar ignored the fan demand, took the penalty kick himself, and effectively denied his teammate the chance to etch himself into the history books.
The boos did not faze Neymar at the time as the 25-year-old scored his fourth of the game, his 24th from 23 matches in all competitions this season.
But BT Sport’s French football expert Julian Laurens said the negative reaction will have “upset” the player.
Neymar’s pitch perfect performance
In total, Neymar tallied 121 touches on the football, attempted 79 passes, and completed seven dribbles. He showed no mercy in and around the penalty box as his four goals from 11 shots ratio demonstrates.
His first, a direct free kick that left the Dijon goalkeeper dumbstruck, was scored in the 42nd minute.
Neymar got his second (and PSG’s 5th) in the 57nd minute but his greatest goal in the game arrived in the 73rd minute.
The goal involved patient build-up play from the PSG defence, pin-point accuracy in midfield, and self-confident dribbling from Neymar as the attacker coasted past three Dijon defenders before powering the ball home.
Neymar’s fourth goal was the penalty late in the second half that caused his own fans to boo him.