The Brazilian looked to be at his best despite the lay-off as he netted four times in a lopsided PSG victory over Dijon.
As of Tuesday, it wasn’t clear if Neymar would be fit enough to play for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. By the close of business against Dijon, it was clear that he was just fine.
The Brazilian made his return from an injury lay-off to hit four goals as the Paris outfit rolled to an 8-0 win in Ligue 1 action.
PSG were comfortably ahead by the time Neymar got rolling, with Angel Di Maria’s double and an Edinson Cavani strike pushing the league leaders into a 3-0 lead after 21 minutes.
But once the Brazilian got it going, there was no stopping him. A brilliant free kick from the record signing made it 4-0 just before half-time.
After adding another in the 57th minute, the 25-year-old posted his best of the night in the 73rd to round out his hat-trick.
Neymar supplied the assists for Kylian Mbappe to make it 7-0 and finished off the scoring with a penalty late on. On a night when Cavani equalled Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s record of 156 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions , it was Neymar’s return to top form that stole the show.
In fact, the became the first player to be involved in six goals in Ligue one since Opta started collecting data on the French top flight, having also assisted on Di Maria’s second.
PSG are now 11 points clear of Lyon at the top of the Ligue 1 table.