Walter Casagrande, former Brazilian international who came to represent FC Porto (1986/1987 season), analyzed his country’s selection and did not spare criticism of Neymar.
“I’ve always said that Neymar in the national team, despite his personal bests in goals and games, was never decisive. During the Neymar era, Brazil only won one Confederations Cup, and the the only America’s Cup they won was here in Brazil, in 2019, and he didn’t even play,” he began by recalling in an article published on globoesporte.com.
“Neymar is in a really bad time, hated in France and the rest of Europe. I still think it’s childish, spoiled and unfocused. He was a top player when he appeared at Santos, even when he was very young, with memorable games and goals. He was a great support for Messi at Barcelona, his best moment in Europe. But when he chose to go to PSG, it was slowly over. He had several injuries, and don’t say they have nothing to do with his social behavior. He lost outburst and sprint”, continued the former striker, wondering about the importance of the Paris Saint player -Germain in the team commanded by Tite.
That said, Casagrande is peremptory: “For the moment, I do not place the Brazilian team among the favorites for the World Cup. For me, France, Germany and Belgium are better.