Neymar says Brazil attitude has to change if they are to improve
Brazil forward Neymar has called on his international teammates to follow the lead of successful European countries if they are to once again sit at the top table of world football following a disappointing end to the 2014 World Cup.
The Barcelona star told Rede Globo that he acknowledges the gap between the South Americans and the rest of the world in terms of attitudes to training and games: "Every training session in Europe is taken seriously."
"In Brazil it's different. You train more, but sometimes you train with less determination. Brazilians are like that."
"I think Brazilian football is behind. It's behind Germany and Spain. We have fallen behind and we have to man up and admit that."
The 22 year-old impressed during the recent tournament, scoring four goals before having his competition cut short after ending up on the receiving end of a rash tackle by Colombia's Juan Zuniga that left him with a broken vertebrae in his back.