And in Zidane, Ronaldo and Marcelo, the reigning European champions have character, chutzpah, daring and grit galore.
The Brazilian signed from Barcelona for £200million in the summer charged with the task of landing PSG the biggest trophy on offer. There will be games which we have only had two training sessions to prepare for.
The Neymar-Ronaldo comparison at the Bernabeu invited misleading conclusions. "They always believe in winning and that's what happened in this game".
Casagrande was as mercenary in his time as Neymar is today. Only the Champions League is the competition where Real have been most convincing this season.
"And, especially, respecting everyone, even the vultures".
Zinedine Zidane knows it won't be easy in Real Madrid's return leg against Paris Saint-Germain.
Thiago Silva and Angel Di Maria were recalled by Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday after coach Unai Emery faced criticism for dropping them for the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. Asensio must play more regularly, and Benzema must be consigned to the bench.
Rabiot scores because he gets there first and his technique is good. "If he improves some tiny details (in the second leg), he will prove himself to be a great player".
"My son has been battling since he was a child, always fighting fair, always avoiding the vultures, always rising again stronger".
Ferdinand insisted that Ronaldo used to practise the spot-kick style in Manchester United training while he was at Old Trafford.
What did Ronaldo do?
Real Madrid would be looking forward to the fixture as the last chance for them to salvage some glory this season. Both of the side's late goals originated in a burst to the byline and low cross from the latter, as full-back Yuri Berchiche was left panting and cursing his fresh, lightning-quick new adversary. The name game, and the blame game, make the rumour mill go round. I don't look any further than that.
The reality is that modern stars live for the moment.
"[In football management] there is a lot of fatigue, even more in Real Madrid", Zidane said.