Holy Goal Scorer
I'm a long time lurker, first time poster.
If you've got the chance to splash out on a big name player, buy Neymar!
I was able to buy him for $73M (>50% of that price was in monthly installments over 4 years) to replace Van Persie sold to ManCity for 24M in 14-15 Season. The deal was so massively large compared to my transfer budget which was around 20M, so it seemed a huge gamble.
Fortunately he's proven unstoppable. He scores more goals just from corners than most strikers score in a season. He would earn the prize for the most assists in a year as well, except for he causes so many for others.
Year - Played - Scored - Assists - MOM
2014/2015 - 43 (13) - 81 - 19 - 26
2015/2016 - 49 (5) - 87 - 17 - 27
So far this year he's started even better, if that's even possible (8.80 av rating)
2016/2017 - 13 - 30!! - 5 - 9
I play him as a poacher striker, supported by AML, AMC, AMR, 2 in CM and 4 at the back.
He has a few quiet games in a season where he gets shutdown, but gets on the scoresheet like clockwork.
The best outing was Champions League semi final in 2015-2016 away to Bayern Munich where he scored 6, which he followed up with a hattrick in the home leg along side a couple of hattricks against Man U during the regular season which was very satisfying.
I've built a team with a great mix of stars (particularly in midfield to get Neymar the ball) and up and coming youngsters. I've not been able to afford to buy Messi (price was >300M + 525k a week!?!) or needed to splash out for another nosebleed striker (well priced Huntelaar was good for a few years and Yarmalenko is still going well as backup striker/AML) but I can't imagine any striker would give anyone such a return as Neymar.
Anyone got any alternatives?
Loving the game. Thinking of starting a new game as Barca just to buy him again to play alongside Messi just to see the carnage.