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Neymar was right to demonstrate superb skill in Copa del Rey final

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Barcelona remain on course for a historic treble after they defeated Athletic Bilbao the Copa del Rey final at the weekend.

Lionel Messi scored possibly one of his greatest ever goals on the way to helping his team lift the trophy for a record 27th time. Yet one of the games main talking points was at the death, when Neymar pulled off an audacious 'rainbow flick' that infuriated opposition players.

Frowned upon 

This has since been widely condemned all across Spain. Even Neymar's manager Luis Enrique was critical of the Brazilian.

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"In Spain this is looked on very badly," Enrique explained.

"If I was an Athletic player I would have reacted the same or even worse."

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Defiance 

Neymar himself has hit back at his critics and vowed not to stop showcasing his ability.

"They can be angry, but it is my way of playing and I have done so for years. Just because others get angry doesn't mean I am going to change my style of play,"  the forward reasoned.

Controversy

I for one, fail to understand why this has caused such outrage in Spain. The beautiful game needs skills and tricks. Not many players possess the sublime skill set that Neymar has been blessed with so who could blame him for wanting to showcase it?

Surely it would be worse if Neymar didn't show off his talent and opted not to use the obvious gift he has. Fans want to see nutmegs, step-overs and tricks. It makes the game exciting and there's not many better moments than one of your favourite players humiliating their marker with a brilliant piece of skill.

The whole of the footballing world shared a moment of mutual appreciation when Messi left James Milner on the floor with a brilliant nutmeg in this year's Champions League. So how is Neymars trick any different? Maybe, in time, Spain will learn to appreciate such valuable parts of the game and not allow magicians such as Neymar to be stifled by those too close to the rule book.

Football fans we want to know what you think on the matter? Did Neymar go too far with his flick? Should fans calm down and just accept it was a brilliant piece of skill? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.


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