Much fanfare has been made of the erupting rivalry between Neymar and Edinson Cavani at Paris Saint-Germain. On Friday night, Cavani stamped his place as the club’s continued leader on the pitch.
PSG hosted, suddenly free-falling, OGC Nice at Parc des Princes in a highly anticipated matchup, despite the standings. However, the Parisians’ dominant 3-0 victory sealed their place at the top of Ligue 1, and sent the visitors in even more despair than when they arrived.
The star was unquestionably Cavani. On a night when their €220 million import Neymar was suspended, the Uruguayan took center stage proved that the leaders of Ligue 1 are more than just one player. His brace, combined with a gorgeous pass leading to an own goal from Dante, showed the world that he will not be overlooked by everyone gazing at his Brazilian rival.
He’ll have to continue to show his mettle as Neymar returns to the lineup for their Champions League match against Anderlecht this week.