Former Brazil striker Walter Casagrande Jr. has hinted that Neymar lacks professionalism. He added that he did not trust the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star to participate in the next World Cup. Casagrande Jr. also thinks Brazil wouldn’t start as favorites in Qatar.
Neymar hasn’t had the best of times lately, with his future at Paris Saint-Germain looking uncertain. In an interview, PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi refused to rule out an exit for the Brazilian superstar, indirectly advising him to be “humble” again (via Wion).
The 30-year-old was reportedly offended by his comments and may ask for a summer release. However, he might have to take a big pay cut to become a feasible option for Europe’s top clubs.
Neymar’s compatriot Casagrande Jr. has become the latest high-profile figure to hit him.
On a Latin American talk show Mesa Redonda, the former striker assessed Brazil’s chances at the World Cup while criticizing the lifestyle of the country’s captain. He said:
“I don’t think the team [Brazil] play to be favourites.
“Neymar has an air of debauchery. For the moment, his behavior does not show me that he will play the game. I have no confidence!
Neymar needs strong first half with PSG to prepare for World Cup
The PSG number 10 has been criticized lately for his lack of professionalism and his inability to be there for the team when they need him most.
Of course, even the most professional athletes can get injured, but if there’s a chance to reduce the odds, the Brazilian has to take it.
The former Santos man, who scored just 13 goals and provided eight assists in 28 games in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain last season, will be under the microscope in the coming months.
He can earn the trust of new manager Christophe Galtier and become an invaluable member of the Paris squad through consistent performance.
If he fails, Brazil could head to the World Cup in much weaker form as their skipper’s lack of sharpness could end up spelling disaster in crucial clashes.
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