Ney­mar shows the strain with a flood of tears

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football -

No player in world foot­ball is un­der more pres­sure than Ney­mar. This fact, rather than any wrongly per­ceived, deep-ly­ing desire to re­turn to Barcelona, may ex­plain his tears at the end of a Brazil press con­fer­ence last week when coach Tite heaped praise on him.

By any mea­sure, it was an un­usual re­ac­tion, es­pe­cially from a sports­man with Ney­mar’s ex­pe­ri­ence, stature and ap­par­ent con­fi­dence. But this is an ex­tra­or­di­nary sea­son for the most ex­pen­sive player ever, who is not just car­ry­ing his big-spend­ing, highly am­bi­tious club, Paris St-ger­main, de­spite the pres­ence of other su­per­stars, but also the hopes of ex­pec­tant Brazil.

Ney­mar wants this sta­tus – hence his club move, which was not just about the money but a desire to be the main man and to emerge from the shadow of Lionel Messi. But now, with club and coun­try, he has Messi-like ex­pec­ta­tion upon him. And it will be fas­ci­nat­ing to see how the 25-year-old copes.

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