Sunday 22 July 2018

Damien Duff doesn't hold back in criticism of 'selfish' Neymar

Neymar limps out of training and (inset) Damien Duff
Neymar limps out of training and (inset) Damien Duff

Former Ireland international Damien Duff has blasted Neymar, saying the Brazilian striker is more concerned about building up his YouTube collection than digging in and helping out his team-mates.

Brazil expect Neymar to be back in training today (Wednesday) after the forward limped out of Tuesday's session in Sochi because of ankle pain.

The Paris St Germain striker, who recovered fitness from a fractured metatarsal to play at the World Cup, left after around 20 minutes - and hobbled off to receive further treatment.

The Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) later confirmed that Neymar had "complained of ankle pains due to the number of fouls suffered against Switzerland," but team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar added the forward was expected to resume training again on Wednesday afternoon following further physiothepary.

Brazil drew their opening Group E match against the Swiss 1-1 on Sunday at the Rostov Arena, and next play Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday.

Neymar did not impress in that outing, and Duff didn't hold back in his criticism of the former Barcelona man.

"I don't think he helped them (Brazil) in their first performance. I haven't liked him this year," said Duff on RTE last night.

"He's gone to Paris Saint Germain, I don't like the way he plays there, he is selfish, he plays for himself. I know the French public haven't enjoyed watching him. Too much showboating for me. You look at Ronaldo Messi, they're the best, they look to kill every time.

"The other night against Switzerland, numerous times just looking to attract three or four players just to build his skills compilation on YouTube He's so much better than that. He's utterly world class and I wish he played for the team more than himself."

Additional reporting from PA

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