Neymar has admitted he does overreact when tackled in football – but vowed he’s looked at himself in the mirror and is now a new man.
The Brazil superstar gave a refreshingly honest speech in a Gillette advert aired in Brazil, and also explained why he doesn’t always talk to the press.
The world’s most expensive footballer came under plenty of criticism at the World Cup as his nation crashed out in the quarter-finals to Belgium.
Neymar was accused of going down easily when tackled or play-acting while on the floor.
Nearly a month on, and the 26-year-old has had his say.
"You may think I overreact, and sometimes I do," said the Paris Saint-Germain star. "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 did not fall. I crumbled. And that hurts more than anyone stepping on 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."
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