Ex PSG forward, Neymar is one of the greatest in history, Brazil coach, Fernando Diniz has said. He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, he will not give up on the under-fire Al-Hilal superstar anytime soon because the Brazil forward still has the hunger and desire to impact football matches.
Fernando added that people are always quick to forget Neymar‘s numbers in the game, and he deserves more respect.
His words, “No coach in the world would give up on Neymar with the hunger he has and the desire he has. Again, [against Venezuela] he was decisive, he provided an assist. I already said that Neymar is one of the greatest players in the history of Brazilian football and world football.”
“One thing worth mentioning is Neymar’s numbers, he is first in almost all important aspects for a striker. First in goals, assists, goal participation, dribbling, first in a score on the specialised website… the numbers explain why he is here.”
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (born 5 February 1992), known as Neymar Júnior or mononymously as Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal and the Brazil national team. A prolific goalscorer and playmaker, he is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world and the best Brazilian player of his generation. Neymar has scored at least 100 goals for three different clubs, making him one of the few players to achieve this feat.
Neymar came into prominence at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17. Soon becoming the Brazilian’s league star player, he won the 2011 Copa Libertadores, being Santos’ first since 1963. He was named the South American Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and relocated to Europe to join Barcelona in 2013.
In his second season, as part of Barcelona’s attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, dubbed MSN, he won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League. Motivated to be the focal player at club level, Neymar unexpectedly transferred to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2017 for €222 million, which made him the most expensive player ever. In his debut season, he excelled in French football, winning the league title and being voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
Despite recurring injuries in Paris, he helped PSG attain an historic domestic quadruple in the 2019–20 season, during which the club also reached its first ever Champions League final, with Neymar being named in the UEFA Team of the Year for the second time in his career.
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