Ronaldo Nazario says Brazil football fans expect more from Neymar and the PSG star has to learn.
The Brazil legend and two-time World Cup winner analyzed his countrymen’s performance in Russia, where they were eliminated by Belgium in the quarterfinals and he’s convinced that Neymar will get better following his controversial performance at the tournament.
“We expected more from him because he’s the team’s star,” Ronaldo explained in an interview with Sport TV. “I don’t know if it was the foot operation or something else, but I felt we was limited by something. He’s still young, very talented and has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, but he has to learn.”
Ronaldo was just 17 when he was included in the Brazil squad that won the 1994 World Cup. The Real Madrid and Barcelona star won a second World Cup in 2002 where he starred in a front three with Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. Ronaldo scored twice against Germany in the final and received the Golden Boot as tournament’s top goalscorer.
Neymar was criticized at this World Cup for his acting on fouls, and a study revealed the 26-year-old spent over 15 minutes on the ground during the tournament in Russia. “I asked him five years ago and he explained that on many occasions when he’s kicked he reacts in that way so that the blow isn’t greater,” Ronaldo revealed.
“That also happened to me, I felt that I was treated unfairly when I was kicked and they wouldn’t blow the whistle.”
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