- Brazil forward Neymar mocked Serbian fans who were booing him during their first World Cup match at the Lusail Stadium
- Neymar was heavily involved as Brazil raced out with a 2-0 victory to put one leg in the knockout stages
- The prolific forward did not let boos from the Serbian fans get to him as he answered them with a cheeky gesture
Neymar is known for his impressive skills on the football pitch. For a long period of time, he was widely considered the best player in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But apart from his skills, the forward knows how to rile up opposition fans with his theatrics on the pitch. In the 2018 World Cup, he became unpopular with his incessant rolling every time he was fouled.
Four years later, he is back with a reputation to mend as he seeks to lead Brazil to a record sixth World Cup title. He began their opening game against Serbia in blistering fashion, with a couple of his shots troubling Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.
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Serbia fans booed Neymar
At one point, as he walked over to take a corner, Serbia's fans booed him, and he responded in kind by telling them he couldn't hear them. The boos didn't get to the 30-year-old with his effort from that corner kick nearly going in.
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Funnily, the fans went silent after Milinkovic-Savic parried the shot away for another corner. Neymar eventually had the last laugh altogether as a Richarlison second-half brace ensured maximum points for Brazil.
Neymar's ankle injury
The next 24 hours will be crucial for him to gauge the severity of the injury he picked up during his side's win over Serbia on Thursday, 24th November.
Sports Brief reported that Neymar, almost in tears, hobbled off with an ankle injury in the 79th minute, with Antony taking his place. He was the first player to leave the pitch with images showing a great swelling on the ankle.
Brazil Head Coach Tite has remained upbeat that his star player will be ready for the next game when they take on Switzerland. Victory in that game could guarantee Brazil passage to the next round with a game to spare.
Source: Sports Brief News