Before Neymar moved from Santos to Barcelona, there were genuine concerns over whether the forward would be able to cut it in Europe.
The gifted forward would constantly play for free-kicks in his native Brazil and cutting out the playacting, some sceptics said at the time, might prove impossible for the player.
However, Neymar has proved each and every one of his critics wrong since arriving at the Camp Nou in the summer of 2013.
He quickly learned that referees in Europe weren’t going to fall for his tricks and, rather than throwing a tantrum every five minutes, knuckled down and matured as both a footballer and as a person in the process.
Still, there is one rule that Neymar admits he would change if he was in charge at FIFA.
Neymar on the one rule he would change...
"It's difficult to say what rule I would change, but I think the one about celebrating goals,” he was quoted as saying by Catalan newspaper Sport. “Before you could take your shirt off and celebrate with the fans and they didn't book you. Now you can't celebrate goals, because if not the refs penalise you!"
Indeed, players all know the rule about yellow cards for removal of the shirt, but it still happens on a fairly regular basis.
Some players when they score, particularly if it’s a last-minute winner, momentarily lose the run of themselves and end up reacting by tossing their shirt in the air.
We’re looking at you, Cristiano.
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