Neymar can call on Brazilian icon Ronaldo for full support as he recovers from injury, with R9 posting an emotional message on social media.
- The ankle problem caused PSG to miss the game
- Will miss the rest of the group stage at Qatar 2022
- The legendary countryman is still a big fan
A current superstar has been ruled out with an ankle problem encountered during the opening match of the 2022 World Cup against Serbia, with that impact preventing him from playing again in the Qatar tournament. until the knockout round. Some were delighted to see the Paris Saint-Germain forward forced to go to the treatment table, but Ronaldo – who knows all about the pressure of competing for global glory with Brazil – said the vast majority of the ball’s supporters Wishing Neymar well as he sought to illuminate the grandest of sporting stages and cement his standing among the greats.
WHAT THEY SAID:
Ronaldo, who inspired Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002 and was part of the winning squad in 1994, said: “I couldn’t start this open letter any other way: you’re f*cking Neymar! Giant! I am sure that most Brazilians, like me, admire and love you. Your talent, by the way, has taken you so far, so high, that there is love and admiration for you in every corner of the world. And it is also for this reason, for having reached where he has, for the success he has achieved, that he has to deal with so much envy and evil. On a level of celebrating the injury of a star like you, with a story like yours, how far have we come? What world is this? What message are we passing on to our young people? There will always be people rooting against you, but it is sad to see society on a path of trivializing intolerance, of normalizing hate speech.
“It is against this verbal violence with destructive power that I write to you today: come back stronger! Smarter! Hungry for goals! The good you do on and off the field is much greater than envy towards you. Don’t forget for a second the journey that made you a world football idol. Brazil loves you! The real fans – the ones who are in favor – need your goals, dribbles, boldness, and joy! Don’t exalt the cowards and envious. Celebrate the love that comes from most of your country. You will bounce back Neymar! And may all the hate turn into fuel.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE:
Neymar saw the 2014 home World Cup ended with an unfortunate injury and has suffered from fitness problems during his time at PSG, but the 30-year-old is one of the stellar talents. best of his generation and – with 122 caps – is just two goals away from Pele’s record for Brazil.
Brazil, who have also seen their squad hit by a bug in recent days, will return to action on Monday when it comes to the meeting with Switzerland.