The Brazilian, current sports director of Olympique Lyon, asks his compatriot that “it is time to return and show gratitude” towards the club that hired him.
Juninho Pernambucano is back in Europe to take up his role as sporting director of Olympique Lyon and, in his recent statements, he surprised by strongly accusing a compatriot of his who is also a member of French football.
In an interview with The Guardian, the former footballer used the figure of Neymar to exemplify your opinion about your country of origin. “In Brazil we are taught to care only about money, but in Europe they have a different mindset. Unconsciously, I made my career plan because I wanted to go to another great club in Brazil, and not just to play sports. They taught me where to They would pay me more. This is the Brazilian way, “questioned the man who defended the Lyon shirt for eight seasons.
And when pointing to the former Barcelona, the Recife-born shot: “Look at Neymar. He came to PSG only for the money. PSG gave him everything, everything he wanted, and now he wants to leave before the end of his contract. But now is the time to give back, to show gratitude. It is an exchange. Neymar must give everything he can in the field, to show total dedication, responsibility and leadership, “said Juninho.
Also, the former midfielder highlighted Ney in his role as a footballer. “You have to differentiate between Neymar as a player and as a person. As a player he is in the top 3 in the world, at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. He is fast, hard, can score and make assists like a real No. 10. But as A person I think is guilty because he needs to challenge himself and grow. Right now, however, he is doing exactly what life has taught him to do, “he said.
“The problem is that the established order in Brazil is a culture of greed. We always want more money. This is what we are learning and what we have learned,” added the one who was also a Qatari and American soccer player.
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