Real Madrid CF are reigning back-to-back European champions, the most iconic club in the history of the entire history of the European Cup/Champions League.
Unlike Real Madrid CF, PSG are upstarts formed in 1970 and are only enjoying their current success because of a wealthy owner.
But the two are equals on the pitch now and there is plenty for Real to be scared of in the French club’s ranks, especially after they set a new goals record in the group stage.
If PSG wins, it could well be the catalyst for more to come in Paris. On the other hand, they have choked so many times in previous seasons, people are still not ready to take them seriously.
THE NEYMAR FACTOR:
PSG bought Neymar for a world record €222m in the summer, forcibly ripping him away from a Barcelona that was so desperate not to sell they are even sueing the player for €75m in earnings he was paid from his new contract last season, plus damages.
Neymar has a point to prove every time he steps out onto the pitch, to show people that he joined PSG to further his football ambition and not simply for the monster payday. Going head-to-head with Real is the perfect chance to do that.
The other side of this is that Real are rumored to be very keen on signing the Brazilian. This could be an opportunity to establish contact without raising too much suspicion.
CAN RONALDO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?:
With a 26-year-old Neymar on one side hoping to drive PSG to victory, there is a 33-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo on the other hoping to prove he can still perform on the very biggest stages.
Ronaldo is the Champions League’s top scorer after the group stage with nine goals from six games so far. Four of those came against minnows APOEL, though, and the Portuguese icon has scored way less than normal in La Liga this season.
His own personal ambition to be the best has always been all the motivation he’ ever needed, but if Ronaldo wants any more for this game there’s plenty of it.
With all the focus on Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema, Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani, what if all that incredible attacking prowess on both sides simply cancels out and it is actually the defenders who steal the show.
We all know that Sergio Ramos likes to be the center of attention., So also is it for Dani Alves for PSG.
What are your predictions?