Neymar’s most outrageous moments
- Neymar Jr is a big name in the football world. The Paris Saint-Germain star is one of the most talented footballers in the world.
- Neymar is also among the most controversial players on the planet. He has made headlines several times due to his outrageous habits on the pitch.
- Neymar is very good at diving in the opposition’s box. He has won several penalties due to his diving and rolling habit.
Football fans could argue that Neymar Jr. is one of the players who never lived to their full potential. Neymar has not turned out to be an icon of the game like Pele, Diego Maradona or Ronaldinho Gaucho.
The Brazilian international showed potential when he was still a teenager playing in Brazil. Few football players in the modern era have the skills and raw talent like Neymar Jr.
Neymar is undoubtedly the most skilled player of his generation. The playmaker has won numerous individual awards due to his amazing ability on the ball. He has also won titles in Spain and France while representing FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Apart from Neymar’s potential, there is a less admirable side of the Brazilian on the pitch. Neymar Jr has been in several controversies due to his actions on the pitch.
Neymar Jr is very famous for his diving habit, which has made football fans annoyed with him.
Let’s find out some of the most outrageous moments by Neymar Jr.
1. Kicking the ball at an opponent and headbutting another
Neymar Jr made headlines during the 2015 Copa America tournament when he kicked the ball at an opponent and headbutted another.
It all happened at the group stages when Brazil surprisingly lost 1-0 to Colombia. Immediately after the referee blew the final whistle, Neymar kicked the ball at one of the Colombia players.
He then approached Colombia’s goalscorer Jeison Murillo and headbutted him. Neymar’s actions sparked reactions from Colombian players who approached him with furry. He was shown a red card even though the final whistle had already been blown.
2. Attacking a Rennes fan
After the French cup final in 2019, Neymar had an altercation with a Rennes fan in 2019. Paris Saint Germain lost the match, and Neymar was not a happy man as he walked up the steps of Stade de France to collect his medal.
A Rennes fan was pointing his phone camera at Neymar. The Brazilian footballer did not appreciate what the Rennes fan was doing and immediately attacked him.
Neymar pushed the fan’s phone away with his right hand before exchanging words for a few seconds. The Paris Saint-Germain star then held the fan’s chin before appearing to have punched him. The fan had felt Neymar’s wrath before they were separated.
3. Willing to fight a Manchester City supporter
The incident happened in 2015 when Neymar was playing for FC Barcelona. The Catalans had travelled to England to face Manchester City in a UEFA Champions League fixture.
Neymar was on the bench after being substituted when a Manchester City fan caught his attention. The fan made a diving gesture with his hands at Neymar, who felt offended.
Neymar ushered the fan over before approaching him at full time. The Brazilian was willing to fight the fan when a steward intervened and stopped the fight that was almost starting.
4. Embarrassing dive and roll at the 2018 World Cup
Neymar Jr is well known for his diving habit. He was a target of mockery by football fans during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
During the match between Serbia and Brazil, Neymar dived several times. He decided to get the referee’s attention by rolling more than five times after being brought down. Neymar’s theatrics at the game made headlines during the World Cup period.
Speaking on the incident after the World Cup tournament, Neymar said that he still hasn’t learnt to deal with his frustrations, and that’s why he behaves in that manner.
5. Penalty argument with Edinson Cavani
Neymar Jr and Edinson Cavani played together at PSG before the former joined Manchester United.
The two forward players argued over who should take a penalty during a Ligue One match between PSG and Lyon in 2017. After a little argument, Neymar walked away in a huff. His mood changed for the rest of the game.
PSG won the match 2-0 even though Cavani missed the penalty.