Neymar has spoken up for his father and has hit out at ‘fake friends’ following his controversial move to Barcelona.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Blaugrana has come in for extensive scrutiny, with Sandro Rosell quitting as President after it was alleged that there were ‘misappropriation of funds’.
However, the attacker has thanked his father for guiding his career so far.
“I'm sorry, father, but this time, for the first time, I'm going to disobey you – I have to speak out,” he posted on Instagram.
“I wanted to thank you for the way you have overseen my career. It's thanks to you I played for the team in my heart, Santos FC, and I am now at my dream team, FC Barcelona.
“I know a lot of people are coming out with a load of rubbish about us, questioning our character. I've also discovered that we have a huge amount of fake friends.
“Father, when Thiago Silva said that he would die for me on the pitch, I felt the same, but now I know that I would give my only son's life for you.
“So I'm asking you to come back to Spain, I miss you. I'm playing again in a few days and I need you here.
“It's only a matter of time before people realise that you did nothing wrong. You were just being my father through and through. I love you and we are in this together.”