Eymar has laughed off allegations that he arrived at Paris Saint-Germain training drunk.
French pundits have lined up to criticize the Brazilian and his colleagues in recent weeks following the Ligue 1 leaders’ dramatic exit from the Champions League.
One of those criticisms included bizarre claims that Neymar showed up in the morning ‘in a pitiful state’ – something he hit back on social media.
Posting a clip of his superb talent before scoring his second goal in PSG’s win over Lorient at the weekend, Neymar joked that he could only pull it off because he was ‘drunk’.
He captioned the Instagram clip: “I was ‘drunk’ so it worked out…as they say.”
PSG lead the league with 12 points but have struggled off the pitch in recent weeks amid a fan uproar against owners and some well-paid stars.
Journalist Daniel Riolo alleged on RMC Sport: “Neymar hardly trains anymore, he arrives in a pitiful state, bordering on drunk.
“It’s like that, Neymar is in a spirit of revenge against PSG, there is a total break with the club and the dressing room.”