Neymar: 'Sometimes I Do Exaggerate'

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(WFI) Neymar admits in a sponsor’s advertisement aired on Brazilian television that his theatrics during the recent World Cup in Russia were exaggerated.
Neymar uses Gillette ad to explain his embellishments (Youtube)

He also promised to become a “new man” and asked for the support of his countrymen, according to the Associated Press.

Neymar, considered one of the best players on the planet, came under intense criticism for his over-the-top embellishment aimed at getting opposition players booked or additional fouls against him called. The complaints reached a crescendo with his over-reaction to his leg being grazed by a Mexican player’s boot in the round of 16 match. Neither the referee nor VAR found any reason to penalize the Mexican player while Neymar recovered and continued in the match.

“You may think I exaggerate. And sometimes I do exaggerate,” Neymar says in the ad, sponsored by Gillette. “But the truth is I suffer on the pitch.”

Neymar did lead all players at the World Cup in being fouled, with an average of 5.2 fouls drawn per match. Isco from Spain was second at 4.8 while Eden Hazard of Belgium was third at 4.5.

The 26-year-old, who plays his club football with Paris Saint-Germain, also led French Ligue 1 in fouls drawn by a wide margin last season, according to whoscored.com.

While he says the exaggerations were only used when he suffered fouls, Neymar has come to the realization that his antics are not acceptable.

“I took long to accept your criticism. I took long to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man,” Neymar said. “I fell, but only who falls can pick himself up.”

Neymar ends the ad by asking the Brazilian people to give him a chance to redeem himself.

“You can keep casting stones. Or throw these stones away and help me stand. When I stand, all of Brazil stands with me,” he said.

To see the ad in its entirety click here.


By INSIDER Gerard Farek

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