After being ruled out for a month due to injury, Neymar shared his disappointment, pain, and anger in an emotional post on social media.
During Paris Saint-Coupe Germain’s de France clash against Caen on Wednesday night, the Brazilian forward sustained a grade 2 tear in the adductor muscle in his left leg.
This means that next week the 29-year-old will miss PSG’s upcoming 16th Champions League round against former club Barcelona, as well as Ligue 1 fixtures against Nice, Monaco, Dijon, and Bordeaux.
Neymar, who just returned last month from an ankle injury, has since opened up on Instagram about his new injury.
The former Santos forward spoke about the “sadness” he experiences when people call him names in a lengthy post translated by the Spanish publication AS, as well as being “constantly struck” during games.
‘I am quite sad, the pain is tremendous,’ wrote Neymar.
‘Again, for a while, I’m going to have to avoid doing what I love most in life, which is football. Often, due to the way I play, I feel awkward, I dribble and I end up constantly getting fouled.
I don’t know if the issue is me or what I do on the field. It just saddens me.
I’m sad to hear a player, a coach, a commentator, or someone who says, “You have to hit him,” “He’s a diver,” “He’s a cry baby,” “He’s a kid,” “He’s spoiled,” and so on.
It makes me feel sad, and I don’t know how much more I can bear for. All I want to do is be content playing football and nothing more.’
In PSG’s 1-0 victory over Caen on Wednesday night, it was a dangerous challenge from defender Steeve Yago that took him out of action.
It left his boss, Mauricio Pochettino, bemoaning the Brazilian’s “lack of protection”
At his post-match press conference, when asked about the incident, the Argentinean said: ‘I don’t want to take it out on the way the opponent played and the way [Neymar] played his game. But I just feel like there is sometimes a lack of defense from refereeing during matches. But this is just a thought.’