Neymar: Provocation motivates me
Brazil star Neymar has admitted that he gains motivation when teams provoke him during games.
The striker was the victim of many strong tackles in Tuesday night’s 3-1 friendly win over Portugal but says he will not let this affect his game.
The 21-year-old was on the receiving end of a number of harsh tackles from the Portuguese defence, but still set up the equaliser and scored a stunning goal himself in a man-of-the-match performance, reports Goal.com.
He told reporters after the game: "I have a bit of pain right now, but that will go away again in a bit.
"I saw a video of players trying to taunt me and showed it to Thiago Silva. I usually don't react to any provocations. These bad tackles are actually a good thing and motivate me and my team-mates."
The Barcelona striker then went on to praise the Seleção's performance that earned the victory.
He added: "Brazil against Portugal was a great spectacle, it’s always a show. Portugal are always a strong team that plays hard.
"I’m happy with the team’s performance. We were able to play good football."