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Here is what is responsible for Neymar’s goal drought since 2009

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While Messi capped off 2016 with 59 goals for both club and country, his heir-apparent could only manage 29 – his worst return since 2009 when he scored 15 for Santos as a 17-year-old promising forward who recently broke into the first team.

The last time Neymar scored was in October against Manchester City. Since then, he has gone 9 games without finding the back of the net, and one is left to wonder what happened to the 24-year-old. It was a very good year for him in terms of the trophies though, as he won the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Brazil’s first ever football Olympic gold.

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In 2015, Neymar scored 46 goals. 2014 – 35 goals, 2013 – 37 goals, 2012 – 56 goals, 2011 – 40 goals and 2010 – 44 goals, but hitting a mere 29 might have been as a result of him playing the role of chance creator more (7 La Liga and Champions League assists each), while his wastefulness is also another reason considering he lost a couple of spot kicks for Barcelona.

As a prove of his decrease in effectiveness, Neymar’s 42% shot accuracy in the La Liga this term is way lower than his 57% of last season and 2014-15, and as well as the 56% he recorded in his debut season at Barcelona.

Would we witness a more lethal Neymar next year? Barcelona can do with a lot of that for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign.

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