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Neymar ripped apart the Troyes defenders with a skills that no other player on the planet could do

Neymar came close to setting up a Puskas Award contender with an outrageous piece of skill in PSG’s win over Troyes on Saturday.

The Brazilian was at his brilliant best as PSG came from behind to win 4-3 at the Parc des Princes.

It had looked like an upset might be on the cards when Mama Balde gave Troyes a shock early lead.

The home side equalised through Carlos Soler but fell behind again to another Balde goal early in the second half.

Lionel Messi drew the home side level with a magnificent long-range strike, his 12th goal of the season in all competitions, and then produced a superb assist to set up Neymar, who made it 3-2 to the home side.

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Then came the Brazilian’s moment of magic.

After picking up the ball in midfield, Neymar quickly turned and shrugged off a challenge from an opposing player.

He then ran towards the Troyes area but looked like he might be crowded out, with three opponents jostling with him for the ball.

But somehow the former Barcelona star managed to break through their challenges and reach the edge of the box.

He then produced a mesmerising Marseille turn before back-heeling the ball through to Kylian Mbappe.

Unfortunately for Neymar and PSG, Mbappe could not finish off the move, with his shot saved by Troyes goalkeeper Gauthier Gallon.

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Had he scored, it would have almost certainly challenged for the Puskas Award.

PSG fans on social media were blown away by Neymar’s piece of individual brilliance.

“Football will be on its death bed when he retires,” posted one fan on Twitter.

Added another: “Would have been assist of the season!!”

While a third wrote: “Mbappe just robbed Ney of a wonderful assist.”

Mbappe would eventually get his goal from the penalty spot with 15 minutes remaining in the match.

The drama wasn’t yet over, however, with Ante Palaversa pulling one back for Troyes in the 88th minute.

But PSG held on to secure the win and are now five points clear of Lens at the top of Ligue 1.

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And with the likes of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi now firing on all cylinders, you can bet on them staying at the summit of French football.

ENOCH TANDOH

Tandoh Enoch is a Social Media Manager, Website Developer and Designer, Blogger, Content Writer and an IT Consultant . He is a creator and editor at Urbannewsgh.com, an online digital platform focusing on Credible and Timely news in Ghana and worldwide.

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