Juninho slams Neymar: Brazilians are taught to care only about money

Posted Wednesday, July 08, 2020 by Marca.com

Juninho slams Neymar: Brazilians are taught to care only about money

Juninho Pernambucano and Neymar

Juninho Pernambucano has lamented the money-first mentality of Brazilian players highlighting Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain as an example.

The former Lyon midfielder explained that players grow up with the mindset of joining the club which offers them the highest salary.

"In Brazil we are taught to care only about money but in Europe they have a different mentality," he told the Guardian.

"Unconsciously I made a career plan because I wanted to go to another big club in Brazil, and not to just play for sport.

"I was taught to go to who would pay me the most.

"That is the Brazilian way.

"Look at Neymar.

"He moved to PSG just because of money.

"PSG gave everything to him, everything he wanted, and now he wants to leave before the end of his contract."

Juninho insisted that Neymar should live up to the expectations created by his multi-million move from Barcelona.

"But now is the time [for Neymar] to give back, to show gratitude," he added.

"It's an exchange, you see.

"Neymar needs to give everything he can on the pitch, to show total dedication, responsibility and leadership.

"The problem is that the establishment in Brazil has a culture of greed and always want more money.

"This is what we were taught and what we learned."

Finally, he hailed Neymar's quality but criticised him for this attitude at PSG.

"It is simply what he learned," he noted.

"I need to differentiate between Neymar as a player and Neymar as a person.

"As a player, he is in the top three in the world, at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.

"He is fast, tough, can score and make assists as a real No 10.

"But as a person, I think he is guilty because he needs to question himself and grow up.

"At the moment, however, he is just doing what life taught him to do."


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