EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Neymar demonstrated precisely why Paris Saint-Germain could be prepared to pay his €222 million buyout clause by scoring two stunning goals in Barcelona's 2-1 Worldwide Champions Cup make an impression on Juventus.
Barca showed up within the U . s . States on Wednesday and also have spent nearly all time since heading off questions regarding Neymar's future along with a possible proceed to France. Ernesto Valverde, Sergio Busquets, Jasper Cillessen and Sergi Roberto have experienced the firing line because the press pinged questions their way concerning the Brazilian. The stock answer, pretty much, continues to be exactly the same: Neymar is really a Barca player.
At MetLife Stadium on Saturday, he was Barca's best player because the Valverde era started having a win.
It had been obvious from the beginning that Juve right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner wasn't his equal. The Swiss defender had recently been dropped two times by Neymar before he even opened up the scoring.
Given by Lionel Messi — who, knowing through the shirts within the stadium and also the regular chants of 'Messi,' a lot of the 82,104 crowd had arrived at see — Neymar exchanged a neat one-two with Paco Alcacer before bending the ball brilliantly around Gianluigi Buffon.
Which was great for a starter, what adopted 11 minutes later was sublime. Another precision pass from Messi set him free — does he actually want to leave individuals passes behind? — but there is still a great deal to be achieved. Little, though, as Neymar glided inside in the left, departing four Juve defenders on the ground with a number of stuttering skills before beating Buffon again.
His work done, he was withdrawn at half-time as Valverde made 11 changes on his debut as Barca boss, although not before coming near to finishing a hat trick. Messi was the architect again, however this time Buffon was big to deny Neymar another goal in the Argentine's scooped pass.
Massimiliano Allegri will not be too disheartened incidentally Juventus were separated within the opening forty-five minutes, though. Just four from the Juve team that started June's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid began here, with another five — Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves have since left the club — around the bench together with new signing Douglas Costa.
That unskilled beginning selection meant Allegri could progressively improve his side because the game progressed. The development of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado — coupled Valverde's avalanche of changes — helped an italian man , side get into the game.