Pele Warns Neymar Not To ‘Complicate’ His Talent
Brazil legend Pele says that he has spoken to Seleção captain Neymar and warned him not to ‘complicate’ his gifts by play acting. Neymar has been strongly criticised in recent years over the perception that he over exaggerates contact.
Pele says he feels as though Neymar gains little from these incidents, telling Folha de São Paulo, “"It's difficult to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football. I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability.
"He was unlucky because Brazil did not win the World Cup and he was singled out. I've been with him in Europe twice. We talked and I explained: 'The God of football gave you the gift. What you do complicates it.”
Neymar was the subject of widespread rebuke in the media during the World Cup in Russia for perceived histrionics, whilst several Liverpool players criticised him recently after the Reds’ 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.