Brazilian star Neymar looks back on his prime before the World Cup

You had to blink and look again, but yes, it was him, running down the left touchline into stoppage time desperately trying to keep the ball in play last weekend during a 1-1 home draw with Monaco. in the Parc des Princes.

Neymar, the self-indulgent prince of PSG for so many years, worked as hard as anyone on the pitch. Yes, you read the last part right.

In what is big news for Brazil ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, a slim and athletic Neymar looks fitter and sharper than he has for several years after being dogged by concerns about his fitness, questions about his style of life and dragged down by persistent foot injuries. .