Monday, 30 September 2019

Has Neymar finally realised it’s time to grow up?

The Brazilian has always had the skill, but his questionable behaviour without the ball has often spoiled a career now at a crossroads

Believe it or not, Neymar is now 27 years of age and simply must start maturing on and off the pitch if he's ever to reach his full potential. 

No longer a promising boy from Brazil with the world at his feet, the Paris Saint-Germain attacker is currently trying to win back his club's fans after a summer of transfer drama.

Making no secret of his desire to return to Barcelona, the Santos product showed he's yet to fully grow up as he threw an almighty tantrum in a questionable attempt to secure a move back to Camp Nou. 

When the transfer failed to materialise, Neymar's reputation in Paris was left in tatters. And it was a mess that was largely his own making. 

While his off-field behaviour has seen PSG's fans turn on him - with banners cursing the Brazilian unfurled last month - Neymar has wasted no time letting his on-field quality do the talking.

In three of his four matches since returning to action, Neymar has scored match-winning goals. From a stunning late bicycle kick to a simple tap-in, he's responded to the PSG faithful in a way no press release or heartfelt Instagram message could have hoped to. 

Though his football skills have never been in question, Neymar's actions without a ball at his feet have all too often let him down, with former Spain coach Vicente del Bosque highlighting that fact in a recent interview with Cadena SER. 

"Between Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe, I like Neymar right now. He does a lot of bullsh*t and he's not an example for anyone, but as a player he's terrific," Del Bosque said. 

The PSG star himself has finally started to review his behaviour, too, which could mark an important first step in him cutting the ‘bullsh*t’.

“I’m a very reserved guy, I keep things to myself. But it comes to a point where I end up frustrated, getting angry, exploding and not communicating in a correct way. I’m trying to improve on that," Neymar told The Mirror.


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