Lionel Messi was the inspiration as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final last night, scoring two while Neymar chipped in with the other.
But the Brazilian’s tap-in was not his only meaningful contribution to the match as he sparked a brawl late in proceedings with an outrageous rainbow flick.
The showboat was not appreciated by the Athletic Bilbao players, who clearly felt the former-Santos star was disrespecting them.
It wasn’t the smartest move from Neymar - with time ticking away the match was already won and even his own manager, Luis Enrique, admitted after the game he would have kicked Neymar if he’d be an opposing player.
The Brazilian actually gets fouled after the showboat, but such is the fury of the Athletic players, the referee awards a goal kick.
Neymar clearly knows the reaction he’ll be provoking as well, as he doesn’t react to the anger of the Athletic Bilbao players and instead walks away with his hands in the air.
He’s a great player, but his attitude to showboating stands in stark contrast to his teammate Messi, whose awe-inspiring skill doesn't rely on the same kind of fancy tricks.
As a result, the Argentinian is much less likely to provoke the fury of his opponents - when he gets kicked, it’s more likely to be because the defender is much too slow, not because he actually just wants to boot him.
With Neymar, you expect it’s the latter.
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