‘I don’t know what I have to do for people to respect me’: Neymar hits out at his critics after becoming Brazil’s top-scorer in World Cup qualifying
- Neymar has stressed that he deserves more respect for his performances
- The PSG star scored as Brazil won 2-0 against Peru in a World Cup qualifier
- Neymar is now his country’s highest scorer in World Cup qualifying fixtures
Neymar has stressed that he doesn’t feel he is getting the respect he deserves after becoming Brazil’s all-time to-scorer in World Cup qualifying.
The 29-year-old was on the scoresheet in Brazil’s 2-0 success against Peru and now has 12 goals in total in World Cup qualifiers, surpassing the likes of Ronaldo, Zico and Romario.
Despite his achievement and his aim to overtake Pele as Brazil’s all-time leading scorer, Neymar has been left baffled by the criticism that he continues to receive.
Neymar has been left baffled by criticism after scoring again for Brazil against Peru
Neymar told TV Globo: ‘Obviously, the team is the most important. I’m very happy to be the top scorer in the qualifiers, the most assists for the national team and soon, if all goes well, it will be an honour to pass Pele as the all-time top scorer.
‘I don’t know anymore what I have to do for people to respect me. This is normal, it’s been a long time. Reporters, commentators, others too.
‘Sometimes I don’t even like to talk in interviews anymore, but at an important moment I come to show up.
‘I leave it to the guys to think a little bit.’
In the game against Peru, Neymar also registered an assist as he set up a goal for Everton.
Neymar’s goal means he is now Brazil’s all-time top scorer in World Cup qualifying matches
Neymar has 69 goals for Brazil, which means he is just eight behind the legendary Pele.
It is also possible that Neymar could eventually become Brazil’s most-capped player as he has already represented his country on 113 occasions and has plenty of time to overtake the record-holder Cafu, who has 142 caps.
Brazil are currently top of the CONMEBOL qualifying section for the World Cup having won all eight of their games so far.
Their previous qualifying game against Argentina was abandoned shortly after kick-off as Argentina players Emiliano Martinez, Emi Buendia, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero were believed to have broken quarantine rules having travelled from England.
Neymar will now switch his attention to club football with Paris Saint-Germain, where he will look to form part of a scintillating attacking triumvirate with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
Neymar will now focus on club football where he will play alongside Lionel Messi for PSG
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