‘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
After being Brazil’s top scorer in World Cup qualifying, Neymar has fired back at his detractors.
The 29-year-old PSG attacker scored twice in Brazil’s 2-0 win against Peru, giving him a total of 12 goals in World Cup qualifiers, surpassing Ronaldo, Zico, and Romario.
Despite his accomplishments and his goal of surpassing Pele as Brazil’s all-time leading scorer, Neymar can’t seem to shake the criticism he’s been receiving.
‘Obviously, the team is the most important,’ Neymar told TV Globo. I’m ecstatic to be the best scorer in the qualifiers, to have the most assists for the national team, and, if all goes well, to pass Pele as the all-time leading 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.’
Neymar has 69 goals for Brazil, which means he is just eight behind the legendary Pele.
He could also 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.