Failure to secure a victory against Reds on Wednesday has to drive the world's most expensive player against the exit door at the Parc des Princes
There can be no price greater than three points at stake, but it would not be exaggeration to say that Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Liverpool is greatest in Paris Saint Germain's history.
Win and Ligue 1 champions will be on the knockout stage, but losing and the club's very fabric will threaten to unravel.
Even in the case of humiliating elimination, President Nasser Al Khelaifi is likely to be sure, as well as head coach Thomas Tuchel, whose excellent work at home ensures that he is incredible for now. But sports director Antero Henrique would be among the accidents.
His departure, however, would fade in obscurity beyond Neymar, whose position as one of the world's greatest stars would be unsustainable in the heart of a failed project where he was the keystone.
Prior to Wednesday's fixture on the Parc des Princes, the structure has been centered on the 26-year-old thigh injury and if he will be suitable to play. If he does not, the French club can get an unwelcome and about the vision of how the future would be without Brazil internationally.
Neymar has been inextricably linked to PSG's aspiration to dominate in Europe since the summer of 2017 when an exaggerated transfer campaign saw them land the Brazilian 222 million euro from Barcelona in an agreement that stunned world football. Not only was the game transfer record broken, it was completely wiped out.
Just three weeks later, Kylian Mbappe followed from Monaco and arrived at some of the dreadful figures, even though the teens were signed with an eye on the future. Neymar was expected to make an immediate impact, the finished superstar who could lead PSG to the Champions League glory and, in turn, gained the opportunity to win Ballon d 'Or.
But ambition and ability are two very different things, and just like previous PSG's iterations had been lowered in the Champions League knockout rounds, this very expensive version would also be.
Given that they crashed in the hands of last season's final winner Real Madrid, Neymar was struck with a broken metatarsal, but as the club's Qatari owner had not paid a record amount for a 16th place, neither did the Brazil move to Paris to just get an incredible paycheck.
He sold the dream of winning both the Champions League and Ballon d 'Or, but the reality has turned out to be different.
Clarence Seedorf, a four-day contest, believes it was predictable that the move would show up in this way.
"He must play with players better than him," he told Globo Esporte. "Not technically, but those who have already won big prizes, who can talk to him and who he can respect.
"He is still young, he has not been so long in Europe. It's a pity to leave Barcelona so quickly." Two years left and it could have been different for him. "
But instead of Camp Nou he finds himself at the Parc des Princes, where there is a record of failure and unfulfilled potential in the Champions League.
With a win threatening two and a defeat in Group C, Tuchel's men now threaten to crash out at a more even and endless humiliating time than they ever had during QSI's seven-year ownership.
Another loss for Liverpool, whose 3-2 victory over the paris at Anfield was far more extensive than the goals suggest, would likely send the most expensive attack line-up ever compounded to the Europa League.
But the long-term consequences would be greater. It would act as a catalyst to get Neymar's time in France to an end.
Balloon d & # 39; Or winners do not play Thursday night football, and Goal Understand that Barcelona is planning a roadmap to rewrite the former Santos star who has made 41 times in 46 matches after moving to France.
One of the conditions for the deal is that they need him to publicly acknowledge his regret when he moves to PSG. What better excuse than an early Champions League exit?
Such talent deserves to be presented at the highest possible stage, and although South America is not willing to bury the hatch to move back to its former club, the continent's other giants would undoubtedly come into the crime if he decides to leave the French capital.
Without the Champions League football, PSG will keep its biggest star suddenly becoming a task even harder than signing him in the first place.
While an immediate domino effect at the Parc des Princes would be unlikely – Mbappe would remain the cover of figurehead – the long-term message would be clear: PSG is no longer among Europe's elite.
"Individually, you do not win anything in team sports", Dani Alves has argued to build up the middle of the week, but equally without the world class talent, the challenge of winning the game's biggest prizes is undoubtedly more complicated.
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After years of careful but expensive building, it's a letdown that even the big expense parisians simply can not afford.
PSG's European history has been dominated by their inability to perform at the moment of coupling. On Wednesday, they must learn the skill of a club that has been one of the masters of art over the years.
Should they fail, a company could soon crash quickly.