Every player has to have some kind of ego and selfishness to drive them to the top level, but it’s pretty clear that Neymar only thinks about himself and very occasionally his sister.
He can be such a frustrating player to watch because his talent is clearly up there with the best in the world, but his ruthless streak comes and goes so he’s easily thrown off his game if opponents manage to get inside his head.
It was also widely accepted that moving to PSG would see him move out of Lionel Messi’s shadow and he would finally start taking all the individual awards for being the world’s best player, but he’s still not up there with Messi or Ronaldo:
? Introducing the finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2020 ?
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) December 11, 2020
He can’t really complain because Robert Lewandowski is another outstanding player, but you do wonder if Neymar would be included here if PSG won the Champions League last year.
Obviously the Brazilian hasn’t reacted well to the news, so he’s been his usual petulant self on social media and now claims to be giving up on football to play basketball instead:
Ja que no ? não deu certo, partiu ?
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) December 11, 2020
In some ways you can understand his frustrations because it’s not like Messi or Ronaldo are still playing at the same level as they always did, so you do have to wonder if he needs to move again to finally be seen in the same bracket as them.