Neymar: “Messi surprised me positively at all levels”
In a quick review to his first year as a FC Barcelona player, Neymar¬†talked about¬†the expectations he had before joining the Spanish giants and how skeptic he was before meeting the team’s main star, Lionel Messi. The¬†Brazilian player¬†only won the Spanish Super Cup in his debut year in Spain, but from now on, things can certainly¬†only get better for him…
Neymar: “Messi surprised me at all levels! Before I got here, I had heard some terrible things about him, that he was very shy, reserved and that he didn’t talk with anyone.¬†But once I had the chance to meet him, I realized¬†that’s not accurate at all… Besides being a genius on the pitch, out of it he’s also 100% supportive with me. And that doesn’t happen only with me, because I also see how well he treats other people and that already tells much about him. I don’t have a single bad thing to say about him”, revealed the 22-year old forward in a talk with¬†the sports magazine “Red Bulletin“.
As for his first season in Bar√ßa, Neymar prefers to¬†focus on the bright side of the experience rather than the disappointments that came to surface when all the major titles slipped away at the end of the year.
Neymar: “My first season wasn’t perfect but it also wasn’t that bad. This is the first time I live out of Brazil and I really missed my family and my friends. It was hard in the beginning, but I ended up growing and learning a lot both at a personal level and as a football player. I try to emulate a few things from many players here and adapt them to my type of game. Some of my teammates are extremely good in games, others are just superb in training. I simply try to take out the best of each one in order to develop as a player.
With the 2014 FIFA¬†World Cup starting tomorrow and a Brazil vs Croatia set to be disputed¬†at¬†the “Arena de S√£o Paulo“, Neymar also noted that he doesn’t feel over-pressured.
Neymar: “I don’t feel much pressure since everyone¬†keeps saying that winning the World Cup is a tremendous joy and just want to have a chance to get that feeling too. I just want to be able to shout: ‘I’m a champion!’ The press has been following my footsteps ever since I was 13 years old, so I’m already very used to this kind of pressure. People may judge me from what they see on the television, but I’m a completely different person than the one¬†they see on the screen. I don’t feel any pressure at all…”, assured¬†Brazil’s main star for the¬†upcoming World Cup.