When Neymar joined Paris St-Germain for a world record £200 million last summer from Barcelona, he was seen as the player most likely to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's duopoly on the Ballon d'Or. Four weeks later, he was joined at the club by teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe, who joined on an initial loan from Monaco before the move became permanent for £165.7 million. Neymar, who missed the final few months of the season through injury, outperformed Mbappe last season in Ligue 1 by almost every measure, this year could be different. Prior to breaking his foot in February, Neymar had blown through Ligue 1 like a whirlwind, scoring 19 goals and supplying 13 assists in only 20 appearances.
They had very different summers at the World Cup. While Neymar was ridiculed for his diving before Brazil went out in the quarter-finals, Mbappe became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele. The 19 year old, who scored four goals in total as France lifted the trophy, was named the best young player of the World Cup. PSG's most notable signing this summer was Gianluigi Buffon following his departure from Juventus. The French Ligue 1 returns today but PSG won't be in action until Sunday against Stade Malherbe Caen.