From failing to lead his side to World Cup glory to failing to grab a place in the top ten of the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, Neymar has faced it all in the last few days.
However, the forward has promised he will become a new man after falling apart in Russia.
Neymar couldn’t justify his performance in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
There were high hopes for Neymar and Brazil at Russia 2018. But the South American giants made a shock quarter-final exit against Belgium. Neymar was a regular target of criticism for his theatrics and behaviour on the pitch.
The PSG forward used a sponsor’s advertisement with personal care products manufacturer Gillette to accept criticism and vow to bounce back. The ad started with Neymar saying,
“Boot-stud on the shins. Kick in the spine. Stomp on the foot.
“You may think I overreact, and sometimes I do. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch. You have no idea what I go through outside of it. When I leave without talking to the press, it’s not because I only like winning, it is because I still haven’t learned to disappoint you. When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to deal with my frustrations.”
Neymar also reminded everyone that it’s isn’t over yet who thinks he has fallen apart.
“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. You may 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 operated ankle.”