After Brazil beat Peru 2-0 for their eighth consecutive 2022 World Cup qualifying win, forward Neymar complained on Thursday that he is not treated with the respect he deserves.
Fans and commentators chastised Neymar for becoming engaged in scuffles and failing to reproduce the sparkling form that has made him one of the best players of his time.
“I’m not sure what else I can do in this shirt to earn the supporters’ appreciation,” he stated after the triumph in Recife.
After Brazil’s 1-0 triumph over Chile last week, he was also chastised, with some supporters claiming he was overweight. In a pitch-side interview, Neymar raised his shirt to reveal his abdomen and expressed his annoyance.
He remarked, “This isn’t natural.” “This has been going on for a long time, and it’s coming from you reporters, commentators, and others. I don’t always want to give interviews, but I do my part when it’s necessary.”
Since breaking onto the scene as a youthful prodigy with Santos more than a decade ago, Neymar has had a love-hate relationship with the media and fans.
Many people admire his undeniable talent, while others are put off by what they perceive to be an unnecessarily opulent lifestyle.
On Thursday, Neymar scored his 69th goal for Brazil, and his 12th in World Cup qualifiers, a Brazilian record.
Brazil leads the South American qualifying group for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, ensuring a place in the finals.