Dani Alves believes all the criticism Neymar endured after the World Cup has helped him “become a man.”
Speaking at the launch of Jordan Brand x PSG’s collaboration at Parc des Princes on Thursday, Alves noted the change in Neymar’s behaviour and attitude, particularly over the summer.
“Neymar and I have spoken plenty,” the 35-year-old told Globo Esporte. “I think that he is more aware and experienced now. The small cracks have created a maturity and that will change his behaviour.
“You stop being a child in order to become a man. When you start to be a man, your decisions and attitudes become more thoughtful.
“I always say, that if one person is talking about you or even two, that could be harassment. But if a lot of people are saying the same thing about you, then something you are doing is not right. If that happens, then it is time to reinvent yourself, put on a new coat of polish and improve yourself.
“Sometimes things happen to you in life to force you to mature. That creates the consciousness that you must improve as a person and as a professional. When things aren’t perfect, that is when you have to take that step forward and improve and reinvent yourself. I spoke for a long time with Neymar about this situation. I think he is aware of it and he has the experience.”
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