A hot-head can be found with the best players in the world from Zinedine Zidane to Luis Suarez, but will it hold Neymar back from being the world’s best?
Neymar has cemented himself as the number one star of Brazilian football over the past few years, but mankind cannot achieve perfection – and the Barcelona star is no different. The 25-year-old’s temper has let him down once again, which means that he is set to miss el Clasico against Real Madrid next week. Will the skillful attacker ever learn to control his temper in tough moments?
In terms of football, Neymar can hardly be criticized for his abilities. However, his attitude has always left a lot to be desired. The situation against Malaga was no different, as the forward was sent off for a second bookable offence at La Rosaleda. Neymar then decided to ironically clap the fourth official before leaving the pitch, something which referee Gil Manzano was never going to ignore in his match report.
As if Barcelona’s woes weren’t already enough, down to 10-men and eventually losing a crucial game in the Liga title race, they are now set to enter the biggest match of the season in Spanish football – against arch rivals Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu – without arguably their most in-form player in 2017. It will be a game where any other result than a victory, will smell like a defeat for the Catalans’ title hopes.
The Brazilian will most likely pay the price for his hot-temper, but there is no guarantee that this will serve him as a lesson to help him avoid repeating the same mistake in the future, since past experiences do not open the door for optimism. Perhaps avid followers of Brazilian football still remember when Neymar cursed Santos coach Dorival Junior, and his teammate Edu Dracena, after he wasn’t allowed to take a penalty against Atletico Goianiese in 2010.
Although the former Santos star was the main culprit, the club deemed him too valuable and marketable, and decided to the sack the manager in order to keep the star-player happy. A few years on in Copa America 2015, and nothing much had changed as Neymar appeared to have deliberately hit Victor Ibarbo with the ball, following Brazil’s defeat against Colombia.
Carlos Bacca quickly reacted by shoving him away, and both players ended up with a suspension. Neymar eventually missed the rest of the tournament, and his absence was certainly felt after being knocked out by Paraguay, on penalties, in the quarter-final.
Neymar is already one of the best players in the world, and has the potential to be a future Ballon d’Or winner. It would be a shame that such a skillful wizard who plays with joy and regularly entertains the fans, fails to reach higher recognition because of his behavioral antics.
In his defense, Neymar seems to be aware that he needs to sort things out, and if reports were to be true, he has already contacted Spanish psychologist Joaquin Valdes. Will this strategy turn-out to be the solution that the fans of the Seleção have been desperately waiting for?