PSG forward Neymar Jr. has a tradition of making the headline for the wrong reasons, something that worries a fellow former Santos star.
Neymar, who has ambitions to engrave his name in the football history books as one of the greatest players to have ever played the beautiful game, has long been compared to his compatriot, Pele.
Both players grew up in the famous youth system of Santos, where each showed their footballing brilliance to the whole world.
Pele lifted the Brazilian league title an amazing six times and also achieved success in the Copa Libertadores on two separate occasions in 1962 and 1963 which happened to be Santos’ last win in the competition until Neymar won it again in 2011 after a heated final clash withPenarol.
The legendary forward Pele has long tipped Neymar to become the world’s best player but has advised the player to focus more on his game and reduce his off-field antics to reach greater heights.
Speaking with France’s Canal+, Pele said, “I always said that Neymar will become a great player. But what has happened in recent years? He began to want to appear in another way, not by scoring goals but by making gestures, simulating fouls, complicating the referee’s lives. That’s why his image became negative”.
“We have talked about it several times together, despite everything he remains one of the best players in the world”.
Neymar made a record breaking $220 million move from Barcelona to French giants Paris St. Germain in the summer of 2017 and has already won over the hearts of many fans at the French capital.