‘Sometimes I Over React’ Admits Neymar
Brazil forward Neymar has admitted that sometimes he over reacts to challenges and has vowed to improve, following a summer of intense criticism over his theatrics at the World Cup.
Neymar received censure for perceived histrionics, which has proved damaging to his image. The PSG man used a commercial with one of his sponsors Gillette to explain that he has had time to reflect.
“Boot-stud on the shins. Kick in the spine. Stomp on the foot. You may think I overreact and sometimes I do. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch. You have no idea what I go through outside of it.
"When I leave without talking to the press, it's not because I only like winning, it is because I still haven't learned to disappoint you. When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to deal with my frustrations.
"There's still a boy inside of me. Sometimes it dazzles the world. Other times, it pisses everyone off. And my fight is to keep this boy alive. But inside of me, not inside the field. You may think I've fallen too much, but the reality is I fell apart.
“And that hurts more than anyone stepping your operated ankle. I took time to accept your criticism. I took time to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man. But now I'm here, with my heart wide open.
"I fell but only those who fall can get up. You can keep throwing rocks at me or you can throw your rocks away and help me get up because when I do get up, the whole country gets up with me."