- Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness has claimed he didn’t like Neymar’s performance against South Korea
- Souness was not happy with Neymar’s antics when he celebrated his goals with his teammates
- Neymar scored on his return from injury to help Brazil progress to the quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-1 win over South Korea.
- His goal also moved the PSG star closer to equaling Pele’s record with Brazil
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has said he is unimpressed with Neymar during Brazil’s last 16 clash with South Korea.
The Brazilian superstar made his long-awaited return from injury and converted an injury time 13th minute for his first goal at the 2022 World Cup.
Neymar scored his first goal in Qatar against South Korea. Photos by Robbie Jay Barratt and Simon Stacpoole.
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The 30-year-old was injured in Brazil’s opener against Serbia, and it was feared the PSG winger would not be back in action anytime soon.
However, Tite, head coach of the five-time world champions, declared him fit ahead of last night’s game. Even so, the former Barcelona star contributed to a strong performance in the 4-1 victory.
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With his cool penalty, he came closer to breaking Pelé’s goalscoring record for the Selecao.
Souness on Neymar’s performance
While the former Liverpool player acknowledged Neymar’s great skill and talent, he felt he needed to do more against the hapless South Korea side.
Speaking to Talksport, Souness was unimpressed with Neymar’s display.
“I find it a little frustrating that when he’s doing well he wants to show how smart he is all the time, make it look like it’s really easy for him.” “You would have emptied him tonight, some of these shenanigans, with his showboating.”Brazil celebrated their goals by dancing. Photo by François Nel.
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Brazil angered some people with their celebrations after goals. Neymar, Richarlison, Raphinha and Lucas Paqueta danced extravagantly to celebrate the goal. Head coach Tite also joined in.
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Neymar has scored 76 goals in 123 games for Brazil, according to Eurosport. He has scored seven World Cup goals in 12 games.
Therefore, he needs one goal to match Pelé’s record of 77 goals. He will probably break the record in Qatar.
Neymar world record
Sports Brief previously reported that Neymar joined an exclusive club after scoring against South Korea.
He is now one of three Brazilian players to have scored in three different World Cup tournaments, along with legends Ronaldo and Pelé.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker had previously scored in Brazil’s 2014 World Cup campaign on home soil, while he also scored for the Selecao at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Neymar hopes to follow in the footsteps of both legends by winning the World Cup as well, as Brazil have already advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Source: Sports Brief News