Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar he ‘overreacts’ on the pitch but admits he ‘suffers’ with fouls and has now become ‘a new man’.
The Brazilian star – a reported transfer target for Real Madrid – used an advertisement with Gillette to explain his actions and the torment of overcoming a broken foot earlier this year.
“Sometimes I overreact, but the truth is I suffer on the pitch,” Neymar says in the ad, as cited by Diario AS.
“I have have studs go onto my shins, I have been kicked in the back, my feet have been stood upon…sometimes it is not easy to deal with my frustrations.
“There is still a boy inside me and at times it amazes the world but in others it annoys people, but I must learn to keep this boy alive just inside me and not on the pitch.
“If people say I fall over too much the truth is I have fallen apart and that is more painful than someone stepping on an operated ankle.
“I am here with an open heart and after accepting criticism and evaluating myself, I am a new man.
“I may have fallen but now I have gotten back up and now that I have, the entire nation will with me.”