Neymar’s Brazilian teammate Dani Alves has said he is not in agreement with ‘a lot of the criticism about Neymar’ because some of it targets his off-pitch doings and not his football.
Neymar had missed out on the start of the team’s pre-season, prompting the club to state that “appropriate measures” will be taken to discipline the Brazilan star.
And Alves speaking to SporTV’s ‘Bem Amigos,said most of the times it’s off pitch behaviour that are used to judge the winger.
“If a team has Messi, it must play for [Lionel] Messi, as it is with [Cristiano] Ronaldo. And Neymar is no different, he’s on another level and, the more the team dedicates itself to him, he’ll continue to give an answer on the pitch.
”I don’t think these kind of players do things that are not for the sake of the team,” Alves told SporTV’s ‘Bem Amigos’.
“I realized this when I played with Messi: if he’s on my side, why should I do other than trying to get the ball to him? I know how decisive he can be, he must have the ball. And Neymar is that kind of player.
“But sometimes I feel there’s this sensibility over Neymar that everything he does should be put under scrutiny.
”I disagree with a lot of the criticism about him because some of it targets his off-pitch doings and not his football, where he’s always provided results.
“As a friend, my job is ensuring Neymar understands that he must find ways to realise his gift for football.”