Neymars feels he was 'disrespected' by the referee during Brazil v El Salvador

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Neymar seemingly can’t bear the thought of playing in a team without being the main man.

That’s not necessarily a negative, because he’s certainly capable of running the show for just about any side in world football.

The Brazilian has scored 32 goals in 35 appearances since joining Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of £200 million in August last year.

Before then, he racked up 105 goals alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez while winning two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and a Champions League medal.

Simply put, his career hasn’t been bad for a player who’s still only 26-years-old.

Neymar hasn’t been immune to the odd spate of criticism, though.

The forward was ridiculed for his theatrical antics during the 2018 World Cup, not least because of the expectation he would take Brazil all the way.

But instead of relishing a Neymar-led end to the Selecao’s 16-year drought at the tournament, the majority of attention was paid to the time he spent rolling around on the pitch.

And it seems his behaviour in Russia is still haunting him now.


The former Santos prodigy tucked away a fourth-minute penalty to score Brazil’s opener in a 5-0 win against El Salvador on Tuesday.

While Neymar dazzled FedExField for the most part, a single moment cast an unfortunate shadow over his performance.

The captain was booked for simulation after failing to convince referee Jair Marrufo he was fouled inside the penalty area just shy of the interval.

Rather than immediately protesting, Neymar waited until after the final whistle to express his view of the decision.

"I do not know what I have to do to live with it [this reputation], there's no way I'm going to stand for a situation like this. I think it has to end," he said, according to Globo Esporte, via Goal.

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"But it's not up to me, so much that I did not say anything, I went on with my football.

"It's a lack of respect, not just with me, but with my team-mates as well.

"Playing with a yellow card is tricky. The guy comes here to officiate a Brazilian national team match, which is a very big selection, and he does that ... I don't think it is correct.

"If he does not want to give the penalty, it's not a problem, but the card is unnecessary.”

Whether or not Neymar has a case, he’s not the only player who claims to be mistreated because of their track record.

Perhaps his fortunes will change if he tries to stay on his feet a bit more.

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