Neymar Jr recently took to Instagram to hit out at some Brazilian fans who are rooting for Lionel Messi led Argentina to win Saturday’s Copa America 2021 final at Rio De Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.
Brazil, who have won the title on 6 occasions since 1997, will face Argentina, who last won the Copa America in 1993, for the much anticipated final of the ongoing edition of the prestigious tournament.
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Unfortunately, the Brazil fans have not shown much interest in this year’s Copa America as their country is suffering from a massive surge in the people affected by CoronaVirus. They had even protested the hosting of the tournament in their country. It must be noted that the Copa America 2021 was earlier scheduled to be hosted in Argentina and Columbia but CONMEBOL later shifted it to Brazil.
Fabiola Andrade, a famous journalist of Brazilian SporTv is among the many Brazilians who are supporting Lionel Messi to win the final.
Justifying her stand, Andrade wrote on Instagram, “Before stoning me in a public square, let me explain: I love Brazil, Brazilian football…I have several Argentine friends. But I’m not going to root for Argentina in the Copa America final because of them, no. I cheer because I love #football and @leomessi This guy needs to win a title with his country’s shirt! For justice!”
What has Neymar said
Addressing the matter, Neymar wrote on Instagram: “I am ‘Brazilian with a lot of pride and with a lot of love. My dream was always to be in the Brazilian team and hear the fans singing. I never attacked nor would I ever attack Brazil if they are playing for something, whatever the sport, a model [beauty] contest, the Oscar……… I am Brazil, and who is Brazilian and does it differently?”
Neymar then added: ” OK, I’ll respect [that], but go to —,” using an expletive word to finish the sentence.
Brazilian defender Marquinhos, Neymar’s teammate at PSG, also opened up on the controversy.
“It is difficult [the situation], because we see so many Brazilians, so many people in the press who are against and simply do not support the Brazilian team, who have no pleasure and pride in seeing the team rooting for us,” the PSG player said.
“The fans, the journalists, the Brazilian people, no matter how difficult the moment we are living, could send positive energy, a good energy, because the national team is a source of pride for the Brazilian fans.
“From our part, we have tried to represent the team and the fans in the best possible way, giving everything on the pitch and that’s what we’ve been doing at the Copa America.”