Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Carlos Soler has spoken about sharing the dressing room with Lionel Messi and Neymar at his new club.
Soler, 25, arrived at the Parc des Princes from Valencia in a deal worth up to €21m on the final day of the summer transfer window. He scored two goals and provided one assist in just 239 minutes of action for the Ligue 1 giants in all competitions.
A shooting midfielder with a penchant for passing, the Spaniard made a name for himself during his six-year stay at Valencia. In 226 games for his boyhood club, he scored 36 goals and provided 31 assists.
Speaking to Radio Estadio (via Le10Sport ), Soler shared his thoughts on rubbing shoulders with stars like Messi and Neymar. He said:
“It’s a pleasure to play with the best in the world, I suffered with them at Barca and now they are my teammates. I’m happy to play with them and with this whole club and the fans.”
Both Messi and Neymar were important members of Barcelona’s squad between 2013 and 2017, scoring a combined 464 goals. Together, the pair won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and one UEFA Champions League at the Camp Nou.
The South American duo have scored 50 goals between them this campaign, helping PSG top Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League Group H.
The L’Equipe journalist chose Neymar over Lionel Messi as PSG’s most important star
I keep talking L’Equipe de Greg, renowned journalist Karim Bennani claimed that Neymar has been more influential than Lionel Messi for PSG in the current 2022-23 season. He said:
“Lionel Messi is not the most important thing at PSG. He scored more goals and made more assists than last year, but Neymar has been so important since the beginning of the season. He is the X-factor.”
Bennani claimed the Parisians can taste great success if the Brazilian maintains his form beyond the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He added:
“If he doesn’t do well, PSG won’t do well this year and vice versa. In the big games, if he is very good, Paris has every chance to go all the way. And if the Brazilian returns well after the World Cup, the capital club can go very far . I think this is his best time at the club.”
The Brazilian, who operates freely in Christophe Galtier’s 3-4-2-1 formation, has recorded 14 goals and 11 assists in 18 games this term.