The Paris Saint-Germain star may become Brazil’s top scorer in the near future, but feels he is still not getting the respect he deserves
Neymar has demanded respect from his fellow Brazilians after breaking a national team record against Peru on Thursday.
The forward became his country’s top scorer in the World Cup qualifiers when he won 2-0 in Recife, while also scoring the other goal.
Neymar’s score in the preliminary round of the tournament now stands at 12, which places him above Brazil’s greats Romario, Zico and Ronaldo.
What was said?
Despite his record for Brazil, the Paris Saint-Germain star feels he is not getting the respect he deserves and does not know what he has to do to earn it.
He told TV Globo : “It’s clear that the team is the most important. I’m very happy to be the top scorer in the qualifiers, most assists for the national team and soon, if all goes well, it will be an honor to have Pele as the top shooter of all time.
‘I no longer know what I have to do so that people can respect me. This is normal, it’s been a long time. Reporters, commentators, others too.
“Sometimes I don’t like talking in interviews anymore, but at an important moment I show up.
“I leave it to the guys to think a little bit.”
Why does Neymar feel disrespectful?
Neymar’s comments come days after he was criticized for looking overweight during his country’s recent World Cup qualifiers.
There were allegations that he was out of step when he beat Chile 1-0 last week, but the 29-year-old laughed at the allegations, saying the shirt he was wearing was too big.
‘The shirt was in size [large], I have the right weight. Next game I order an M, ‘ he posted on Instagram .
Neymar closes Pele
The former hero of Santos and Barcelona is now his country’s second highest goal scorer of all time in official matches.
He has 69 goals to his name for Brazil and is getting closer to the matching icon Pele, who ended his career with 77.
Neymar has been suspended for Brazil’s next World Cup qualifier after receiving a yellow card against Peru.
Tite’s team tackles Venezuela in their next match on October 7, but Neymar could return three days later for the clash with Colombia.