Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz was ridiculed for his performance in Wednesday's 3-1 defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League, but no matter how bad he plays the Brazil international can always rely on the support of his mother, after she leapt to the defence of her son following a wave of online abuse that was directed his way.
Regina Celia posted a heartfelt message on Instagram to lift the spirits of the 27-year-old after he endured an evening to forget at Parc des Princes earlier this week, struggling to cope with the attacking Barca trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and in particular Luis Suarez.
Luiz was given the run-around by the Uruguayan striker, who nutmegged the centre-back twice in the build up to scoring two superb individual goals for Barcelona, and generally caused the opposition defence problems for most of the night.
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And, it was the former Chelsea man that became the scapegoat for PSG's disappointing result, which leaves their participation in Europe's elite club competition hanging by a thread ahead of the quarter-final second leg at Camp Nou next Tuesday.
However, Luiz has received a much needed public show of support after his mum took to social media to respond to the recent criticism.
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“I have a son and I always will! His head held high, with a ball at his feet," read the post, according to a translation by The Guardian. "God knows everything! Jesus is fighting for us until this day and yet we still have people who judge!
"Who are we to judge you! I will always love you after the good games, and even more after those that don’t go well!”
The flamboyant defender's kamikaze approach has regularly been questioned by football pundits in the past, and it's believed that formed part of the reason why Jose Mourinho opted to cash-in on the South American stopper when PSG came calling with a £50 million offer last summer.
However, despite some question marks over his capability in a positional sense there's no doubt that Luiz is still a top-class professional who doesn't deserve the kind of hatred that's been directed at him over the past few days.
Everyone is allowed an off-day, and although his was a quite spectacular one that was capitalised on by Barcelona with devastating effect there's no point in continuing to lambaste a player that will probably be in the starting line-up when the two teams meet again next week.
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