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Neymar has perfect response to critics telling him to stop showboating

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Brazil and Barcelona fans were given a bit of a scare this week when Neymar was left bleeding from a head wound during his nation's World Cup Qualifying fixture against Brazil.

Fortunately, the 24-year-old didn't suffer any long-term damage after being on the receiving end of an elbow from Bolivia star Yasmani Duk. However, his opponent did warn Neymar that he risked it happening again if he didn't cut out the showboating and show some respect to opponents.

However, despite the apparent risks that come with his flamboyant style of play, the Barca star has today vowed not to change his ways - instead, offering a warning to those who try to stop him.

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"I'm definitely not going to change," Neymar said in comments relayed by the Mirror.

"Players have to know that when they face me that I have my own way of playing and that is dribbling, scoring goals and helping my teammates.

"I'm happy playing that way and if they don't like it there's nothing I can do."

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Neymar's style of play certainly defines football fans. Whilst the majority of those who watch the Brazilian are often left in awe by his array of tricks and skills few others could pull off, others argue that they are often, ultimately, pointless and have no purpose other than to gloat at his opponent's expense.

However, it is his ability to bamboozle defenders on a regular basis that has made Neymar one of the finest players in the world. If he were scared into changing his style of play it wouldn't allow him to be half the player he is today.

As the Barca man's comments suggest, the only reason people are complaining is because they often have no answers for his tricks. 

If they were able to prevent him and his Barcelona teammates from leaving them for dead, they wouldn't have the need to lash out or vent their frustrations to the media.

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At the end of the day, football is supposed to be about enjoyment and expressing yourself.

Whilst the sharp end of the game is results orientated and dominated by money these days, players like Neymar are a hark back to previous generations when players would go out onto the pitch and play just like normal people wish they could on a Sunday morning.

"They can kick me and elbow me, but not every player in the world can dribble, that is getting harder and harder to do," the Brazil star explained.

So, while we can, let's just enjoy Neymar and the bag of tricks that he brings every time he steps out onto the pitch...

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