"African Players Are Not Passionate": Neymar on Why Africa Has Not Won the World Cup

"African Players Are Not Passionate": Neymar on Why Africa Has Not Won the World Cup

Lukman Mumuni
June 19, 2023 at 3:43 PM
  • Neymar has opened up on the difference between African players and South American stars
  • The Brazilian forward has revealed why a team from Africa has not won the World Cup
  • Brazil remain the country with the most World Cup success

Brazilian forward, Neymar Jr. has explained why he thinks African countries have struggled to win the FIFA World Cup.

According to the Paris Saint-Germain star, African players do not show enough passion when representing their countries on the global stage.

Neymar admits the continent produces some of the best talents, but unlike South American players, they do not show enthusiasm when they wear their national team jerseys.

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Neymar has explained why an African country has been unable to win the World Cup. Credit: @GettyImages
Source: Twitter
"Africa does not win a World Cup because African players play for Europe. It's the difference with us Brazil, no matter where we are trained we prefer to defend the jersey of our country," he said, as quoted by FirstMag LeVrai.
"African players have talent, but they don't show it for their national teams. African players don't have much passion to represent their countries like South Americans, that's why Brazil has 5 World Cups," he added.

The best performance by an African country at the World Cup has been to reach the semi-final, which was achieved by Morocco at the 2022 tournament, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Ghana, Senegal, and Cameroon are the other countries that have come close by reaching the quarter-finals.

Neymar on Messi's move

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Neymar has said that he knew Lionel Messi would be joining Inter Miami.

Messi recently announced his decision to join the MLS club as a free agent.

Neymar reunited with Messi in the summer of 2021 when the Argentine sealed a move to the Parc des Princes after Barcelona were unable to renew his contract due to La Liga's wage cap rules.

Enrique on Neymar's future

Neymar Jr. possibly exiting PSG has been a major topic of discussion over the last few weeks, with reports linking the Brazilian to a move to the Premier League or even Saudi Arabia.

With Luis Enrique possibly coming to take over the managerial role at Paris Saint-Germain, the Spanish manager would reunite with Neymar, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League during the 2014-2015 season.

Goal reported that Enrique would like to have his say on recruitment this summer. Additionally, it’s not certain that he will validate a departure from Neymar, who is under contract until 2025.

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