World Cup 2022: Why Liverpool Icon Was Unimpressed With Neymar

World Cup 2022: Why Liverpool Icon Was Unimpressed With Neymar

  • Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness has claimed that he did not like Neymar's performance against South Korea
  • Souness was unhappy with Neymar's antics when he celebrated his goals with his teammates
  • Neymar scored on his return from injury, helping Brazil progress to the quarter-final with an emphatic 4-1 victory over South Korea
  • His goal also edged the PSG star closer to equalling Pele's record for Brazil

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has said he is unimpressed with Neymar during Brazil's Round of 16 clash with South Korea.

The Brazil superstar made his long-awaited return from injury and converted a 13th-minute injury for his first goal at the 2022 World Cup.

Neymar, Graeme Souness, Brazil, 2022 World Cup, PSG
Neymar netted his first goal in Qatar versus South Korea. Photos by Robbie Jay Barratt and Simon Stacpoole.
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The 30-year-old was injured in Brazil's first game against Serbia, and there were fears that the PSG winger wouldn't return to action anytime soon.

However, Tite, head coach of the five-time world champions, declared him fit before last night's match. Still, the former Barcelona star contributed to an emphatic performance in the 4-1 win.

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With his cool penalty, he dged closer to breaking Pele's long-standing goal record for the Selecao.

Souness on Neymar's performance

Although the former Liverpool player acknowledged Neymar's superb ability and talent, he felt he needed to do more against the hapless South Korea side.

Speaking to Talksport, Souness was unimpressed with Neymar's showboating.

"I just find it slightly frustrating that when it’s going well for him he wants to show how clever he is all the time, make it look that it’s very easy for him."
"You would’ve emptied him tonight, some of these antics, with his showboating."
Vinicius Junior, Raphinha, Lucas Paqueta, Neymar, Brazil, South Korea, 2022 World Cup
Brazil celebrated their goals by dancing. Photo by Francois Nel.
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Brazil angered some people with their celebrations after the goals. Neymar, Richarlison, Raphinha, and Lucas Paqueta flamboyantly danced to celebrate the goal. Head coach Tite joined in too.

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Neymar has scored 76 goals in 123 appearances for Brazil, according to Eurosport. He has netted seven World Cup goals in 12 appearances.

Therefore, he needs one goal to equal Pele's record of 77 goals. He will likely break the record in Qatar.

Neymar's World Cup record

Sports Brief earlier reported on Neymar joining 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 forward had previously scored in Brazil’s campaign at the 2014 World Cup on home soil, while he also on target for the Selecao in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Neymar will be hoping to follow in both legends' footsteps by also winning the World Cup as Brazil have now advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Source: Sports Brief News