Neymar unfazed by criticism during World Cup in Russia

first_imgNeymar has shrugged off criticism for his performances in the world cup so far after Brazil booked their spot in the quarterfinals.Neymar scored the opener against Mexico on Monday afternoon before assisting Roberto Firmino for the second goal in a comfortable 2-0 victory for Brazil.The Paris Saint Germain striker received the man of the match award for his performance as the Seleção strolled into the next round, despite once again never really getting out of second gear. Para ti toda honra e toda Glória Deus ????— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) July 2, 2018Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Much has been made of Neymar’s theatricality and lack of cutting edge up to this point, with many pundits believing Coutinho had replaced him as the team’s main man.But today he hit back at the doubters, insisting post-match that such comments do not bother him anyway.“Criticism is an attempt to defame me. I’m not much worried about criticism, neither about positive feedback, as it influences a sportsman as well… I’m here to play, to help my team and to win.” he said, as reported by Four-Four-Two.“Today I was feeling much better. I’m happy for my team, and I congratulate them, we’re improving constantly,”Brazil will play the winners of tonight’s game between Belgium and Japan in the quarterfinals on Friday, as they bid to win their first world title since 2002.Neymar went on to praise Mexico Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, before blowing his own trumpet somewhat, stating: “Ochoa is a great goalkeeper, everybody knows that. I congratulate Mexico on a wonderful match. But I don’t give up, I’m a Brazilian. My goal was a result of my engagement with the game and my will,”last_img