Former Manchester United player Rafael da Silva can not hide his disappointment of how his fellow Brazilian national team player Neymar has been handling his football career outside the pitch. He said Neymar has to improve on a lot of things.
The 29-year-old right-back who now plays for Ligue 1 club Lyon says Brazil national team would be hard to stop if the talisman of the team, Neymar learns how to listen more.
Rafael who described the 28-year-old Paris Saint-Germain superstar as a person who does not like to follow orders urged the player to make football his first priority if he wants to be the best in the world.
Since Neymar came to the limelight, he is always regarded as a footballer who has the potentials to stop the reign of Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
But over 8 years later, the two football legends are still dominating the world of football with little or no push from Neymar contrary to people’s earlier projections.
His inconsistencies as a world-class footballer who should be operating at the class of Messi and Ronaldo is always tied to his stylish lifestyle both on and off the pitch.
This lifestyle of his is, even more, pronounce off the field as he reportedly prefers to attend a party at a night club than to attend training; he prefers to do what he wishes than to listen to coaches.
Neymar is not a Leader, Rafael insists
No wonder Rafael da Silva who has played with him at the level of the Brazilian national team insisted that the 28-year-old is not a kind of leader he ought to have been based on his enormous talent.
Rafael told ESPN that the national team need Neymar “a lot” but “he needs to improve a lot of things outside the pitch”.
“He needs to improve a lot outside the pitch to come inside the pitch and do his best. I hope he can do that and if he does we have a big chance to win.
“Neymar is not a leader. I don’t think he’s a leader. It’s not him”, Rafael continued. “He can do the things he does because if he is good if he’s focused and concentrated, he is the best player in the world.
“Football has to be the first option of your life. He has so many things around him. He thinks in his mind ‘I don’t need to do that’ to play well but you need to.
“I think he needs to listen more and if he does that it will be hard to stop Brazil.”