Neymar hasn't enjoyed the smoothest starts to life at Paris Saint-Germain but he remains a living God back home in Brazil.
The international break has allowed the 25-year-old a break from domestic duties that have attracted reports of a rift between player and manager as well as a series of outrageous privileges.
That's not to forget the penalty scandal with Edinson Cavani that birthed an entire saga at the club, taking weeks to resolve.
Only the player's closest associates will know exactly how true the rumours are but there can be little doubting that Neymar isn't at peace in Paris.
Furthermore, while the 25-year-old may have invoked disagreements with his club, his compatriots on international duty have been swift to shield him from criticism.
Marquinhos led the defence this week, arguing: "For everything Neymar has been doing on the pitch, whoever thinks he's not [performing as expected] must be watching another game.
"He's a different player, a star, someone who instantly becomes a target for other players, for the press and fans.
"Just like all the other great players, [opinion] will never be unanimous. There will always be those who do not like him, and others who admire him.
“It’s important is to have character… Neymar has a good head on his shoulders, is very important for Brazil and we are all trying to help with his adaptation in Paris.
“I believe he has already adapted to the city and the club. He came to get titles and is a big player. You can’t please everyone in life, which is especially true for great stars.”
After Brazil put Japan to the sword 3-1 on Friday, however, Tite went one step further in an impassioned defence that brought tears to Neymar's eyes.
The ex Corinthians boss explained: "I am tired of hearing people say that I have a problem with Neymar. WE, are tired. He is a great human being."
Check out the presser and Neymar's reaction below:
So it's fair to say Neymar was pretty emotional.
The PSG star eventually leaned forward over the desk and was given a fatherly tap on the leg by Tite as reassurance.
It goes to so the level on which the 25-year-old is effected by criticism and just how much he appreciates people standing up for him, no more so than from Tite.
As long as his performances on the pitch continue to impress, though, his talent should quell the haters.
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