Brazil Great Ronaldo Expected More From Neymar

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

And Cafu, who captained Brazil to 2002 World Cup glory, has had his say on Neymar's performances in Russian Federation.

Neymar broke his foot in February when his club season ended prematurely and, although he was able to get fit in time for the World Cup, Ronaldo believes the injury lay-off prevented the 26-year-old reaching his full potential in Russian Federation.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar was unable to prevent the South Americans from crashing out at the hands of Belgium in the quarterfinals and he attracted more attention with his hairstyles and perceived diving than his on-pitch contributions.

"We all expected more from him because he's the star of the team", Ronaldo told SporTV, as quoted by Spanish publication Sport. I don't know if it was because of the operation he had on his foot or another problem but I saw him as quite limited on the pitch.

Despite going out in the last eight, Neymar still leads the World Cup in both chances created and fouls received. "Either way, he's an extremely talented young man who carries a great deal of responsibility", he further added.

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However, his post-foul theatrics have stolen the spotlight in Russian Federation and on the internet, where his exaggerated reactions have been criticised and mocked by media and fans.

Brazil crashed out of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation in the quarter-finals and much of its blame went to talisman Neymar. "I spoke with him about this a while ago".

"Neymar has to control his emotions better during the matches".

"He risks too much looking for yellow cards, he needs to take more advantage of his negative energy and be a little clever".

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