Neymar: Fans Express Concern Over Brazilian's Fitness After Holiday Photos Emerge

Neymar: Fans Express Concern Over Brazilian's Fitness After Holiday Photos Emerge

  • Neymar has been on holiday for weeks since the conclusion of the Copa America
  • The Brazilian is expected to miss a number of opening games for PSG
  • His physique while on holiday recently left fans concerned

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Paris Saint Germian superstar Neymar was the talk of the internet after photos of him on holiday in Brazil surfaced online.

Neymar playing for PSG.
Neymar is yet to link up with his team mates at PSG ahead of the new season.
Source: Getty Images

The 29-year old spent majority of his summer in Brazil where he participated in the Copa America where Brazil painfully lost 1-0 in the final to Argentina.

Despite the fact that the new season is only weeks away, Neymar is yet to rejoin the PSG camp.

He was a notable absentee in the Trophée des champions clash where Ligue 1 holders Lille beat PSG 1-0 to pile more pressure on Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics.

Fans were not pleased when photos of a shirtless Neymar emerged online as they felt the Brazilian possibly had too much fun during the summer.

From the photos, the Brazilian seemed to have added a few extra pounds, although the camera also had some unflattering angles on him.

It however did not stop fans from pointing out the fact that Neymar looked a bit different from the athletic Brazilian they were used to.

Some cheeky fans could not help but draw comparisons to other Brazilian legends such as Ronaldinho and Ronaldo Nazario, whose careers at the very top of the game took bad turns as a result of partying too hard.

Is Neymar’s physique a point of concern ahead of the new season?

In all honesty, it is not alarming for football stars to gain some extra weight while on holiday.

For Neymar, it is a much-needed break from football action especially after the gruelling Copa America where he was named in the best XI of the tournament after his two goals and three assists.

The criticism Neymar received is similar to that of Arsenal star Willian, who also earned some scrutiny from eagle-eyed fans during a pre-season friendly.

Willian made an appearance in a friendly against Hibernian on July 13 and fans instantly noticed he did not have the flair and athleticism that has for long been associated with him as a winger.

Since joining Arsenal last summer from Chelsea, Willian has been a shadow of his former self, scoring just once in 37 appearances for Arsenal.

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Source: Sports Brief News