Neymar responds to critics, blames 'inner child' for World Cup antics

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Neymar had a disappointing World Cup.

Neymar has tackled critics who derided his play-acting at the World Cup, admitting he “overreacts” and blaming his “brat” like behaviour on his inner child.

The Brazilian superstar was widely lambasted in Russia for his theatrical reactions to challenges which often left the world’s most expensive footballer wincing and rolling on the ground.

“Boot studs on the shins, kick in the spine, stomp on the foot, you may think I overreact, and sometimes I do, but for real? I suffer on the pitch, but you have no idea what I go through outside of it,” he said in comments on a television commercial for a razor blade.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward, speaking in Portuguese with English subtitles, continued “You may all think I’ve fallen too much, but the reality is I did not fall, I crumbled.”

“And that hurts more than anyone stepping on your post op ankle,” he added, alluding to the surgery on the injury he suffered back in February.

“When I act like a brat, it isn’t because I’m a spoiled child, but because I still haven’t learned to deal with my frustrations.

“There’s still a boy inside of me, sometimes it dazzles the world. Other times it pisses everyone off.

“And my fight is to keep this boy alive, but inside of me, not inside the field.”

He adds: “You can keep throwing rocks at me, or you can throw your rocks away and help me get up. Because when I do get up the whole of Brazil gets up with me.”

This is not the first time Neymar has addressed his taxing World Cup.

On his return from Russia he took a tongue in cheek swipe at his detractors with an online video teaching children how to dive.

And last week, in an interview with AFP, Neymar disclosed he “didn’t want to see a ball, or to see any more football played” after Brazil’s premature exit.

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Watch: PSG boss Thomas Tuchel heaps praise on Neymar

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel believes Brazilian star Neymar is an ‘outstanding player’ who knows how to handle success and failure.

Speaking prior to their pre-season International Champions Cup fixture against Atletico Madrid, the German boss showered praise on his forward, who is unavailable as of now.

Find out what he had to say, below.

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Neymar will enter his second season with PSG.

Despite being unable to lead Brazil to World Cup glory in Russia, Neymar‘s ambitions remain high ahead of the new season for his club.

Speaking at his football competition, the Neymar Jr’s Five World Final 2018 in Praia Grande, Brazil, the 26-year-old superstar stated that Paris Saint-Germain‘s goals are as lofty as ever.

“We expect to have a successful season with a lot of titles and, of course, we expect to win the Champions League, which is the biggest tournament in the world,” he said.

See Neymar’s full comments in the video below.

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