Please consider that all my experiences with this card are from 20 games of Division Rivals in Division 2.
So I had a Ligue 1 squad, therefore I did the guaranteed Ligue 1 TOTS SBC. I wanted Thiago Mendes so I could fit in my red Telles on 10 chem, which wasn't possible before as I didn't have a Brazilian Ligue 1 player and also didn't have the funds to buy a playable one that fits it. The pack opens, Brazilian flag, I thought, "F*ck yeah, this is it, Thiago Mendes!" Then CAM pops up, I'm thinking "wait, wasn't Thiago Mendes CDM?" As soon as PSG then came up I was screaming as if I just won the lottery. I could not believe it. All my mates packed Jose Fonte and Andy Delort and I actually got the best one. I then sent him a DM on instagram with a picture of the walkout saying "obrigado", which means "thanks" in Portuguese, but he didn't reply yet. :c
Still being totally excited, I instantly built a new squad around him, playing him as ST in my 442 (2). The squad attached is only the way I play ingame, everyone apart from Guzman (who is a damn beast as well) is on full chemistry. And then I played.
So Neymar is an amazing player. When you give him Finisher chem style, every shooting stat of him is maxed out. That's why I did it, also the jumping boost is amazing. It makes him actually available for headers, which is always nice.
In my 442(2), he has the following instructions:
Get In Behind
Basic Defence Support
I don't like to put Stay Forward on both of my strikers, actually, van Basten is the only one in the whole squad having that instruction. I just feel way to attacking then, so I always like to have one of my strikers, usually the more playmaking one with more stamina, on Basic Defence Support. Neymar is definitely fast enough to run forward in time when I'm starting a counter attack.
Now, I want to explain his strengths and weaknesses, I'm doing that more detailed here than in the "Pros" and "Cons" section, because I sometimes see that it's a bit glitched.
So the best thing about Neymar is obviously the 5*/5* combination. That 5* weak foot combined with 99 in every shooting stat, it is as ridiculous ingame as it sounds. It's just unfair, man. You can do anything, Long Shot, Finesse Shot, Volley Shot when you flick it up with his 5* skills, from anywhere and it mostly results in an extremely dangerous shot on target, if you hit green timed finishing.
Also great is, obviously, his pace. He is extremely quick, but I don't think I have to explain you that in detail. Just think of a Formula 1 car racing against a Citroen Berlingo, just to have a small insight of Neymar racing against a CB.
His playmaking abilities are phenomenal. Pin-point crosses on van Bastens head -> nice. Dribbling is very smooth, his shoes' are glued to the ball. It feels that way, at least.
The biggest surprised, however, is his physical. I thought he would basically be blown away by the wind, but this man went to the gym. Many meta fullbacks, for example Cancelo IF, can't push him off the ball. Jumping is great, he is actually good at heading.
Overall, he is definitely the best player I've ever played. I don't know what other 6 mil coin players feel like, so I can't really judge his Value for Money. He definitely brings a HUGE enjoyment factor, it is just so much fun to score amazing goals with him. I will still rate him 5 out of 5 stars in that category, as I can't imagine anyone not liking him and also can't imagine a card being better than him, to be honest. Y'all that can afford this guy could maybe say otherwise though, when you played cards like CR7 TOTY or R9 prime, don't know. It would be best if you'd just judge that yourself.
- Enjoyment most importantly
- Everything, basically
- Maybe his Height, but that could result in him not feeling so bubbly anymore
- Strength a bit, against van Dijk he still feels like an m&m
- Defending, irrelevant though as he is a ST not a CDM
I started my last Weekendleague with 3 straight losses. After that I stopped playing and during lunch I opened one random League 1 3 players pack on my phone. And then it happened. Out of nowhere. Neymar appeared and I could not believe my massiv luck. Since I already had Neymar 96 in my team (and wasn't happy at all) I had now 2.5 mio free to upgrade my team. After that Weekendleage was ways funnier.
Neymar is a game changer. I used to play his gold card for such a long time. This card is basically the same, just faster, stronger, has more stamina and scores bangers without timed finishing.
What is really the biggest improvement for me, is the physicality. You just feel the difference between 49 and 71 strength. I mean if you have Neymar you probably should not try to push him through only with his body maybe you rather use his skills but it's just the cherry on the top.
5* / 5*
Balance? Height? I don't know I didn't really notice any Cons. Well, apart from his price.