The world's most expensive footballer, Neymar Jr. is not immune to criticism. After helping Brazil reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Monday, he came in for fresh heat in the form of the Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osario.
Osario accused the match officials of favouring Brazil in his side's 2-0 defeat with Neymar constantly influencing them.
Neymar's coach Tite responded to his counterpart, "That's just losers whining. There is a heirarchy. The coach talks to coach."
For the striker, though, all that matters is helping his team on the field. "There's an attempt to undermine me. I don't care about criticism or praise because that can change the attitude of the athletics. I just have to play, help my team-mates and help my team. So, I didn't speak to the press after the last two games. I needed to get some pace to get my game and I feel happy with today's performance," Neymar said.
In 2014, Brazil came across an inspired Guillermo Ochoa in goal, who made seven saves to manage a cleansheet. On getting the better of the goalkeeper in Samara, Neymar said,"He is a great goalkeeper. Everybody knows his qualities. I am a Brazilian and I never give up. I will always chase till the end and we got the result because of that."
Brazil moved on to their sixth successive quarterfinal appearance where a possible clash with Belgium or Japan awaits. On the team's performance in the win over Mexico, Neymar said, "I am happy with the team as we are constantly improving and it augurs well for us as we move forward."