In a span of around 13 months, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior has become one of, if not the most hated soccer player on planet Earth.
All of it, to an extent, has obscured the fact that Neymar is a brilliant footballer. A lot of it is also unfair. So, when Neymar puts his brilliance on display for everyone who should be enjoying it? He has every right to have a go at the haters.
And that’s exactly what he did Saturday:
Neymar scored and immediately ran over to celebrate in front of a banner calling him a "cry baby." pic.twitter.com/PIgjcFFPHt
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 1, 2018
Neymar put PSG ahead at Nimes in the 36th minute. At some point before he did, he must have seen a banner in the front row behind the goal the Parisians were attacking. In French, it called him a “crybaby.”
So when Neymar scored, he went to find it, and posed in front of it, all while miming a baby rubbing his eyes.
Incredible. Savvy. Savage. That’s Neymar in a nutshell.
PSG actually blew a two-goal lead in the second half, but went on to win 4-2. This superb Kylian Mbappe goal was the winner:
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