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Neymar is your typical “money-motivated Brazilian”

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Brazilian legend Juninho admits Neymar is a product of what Brazilian footballers are taught, to play wherever they can earn the most money.

Santos got a mere pittance compared to what the player and his family got when Neymar swapped the Brazilian side for Barcelona.

He was worshipped in Catalonia and quite frankly left Barcelona in search of more fame and more riches.

PSG paid a world record transfer fee, astronomical wages, and lavished the player with almost anything he wanted.

Now the opportunity to earn even more money has the player’s head turned once more. 

Juninho insists that the superstar is merely a product of Brazilian football culture.

Speaking to  The Guardian, he said:

“In Brazil, we are taught to care only about money, but in Europe, they have a different mentality.” 

“Unconsciously I made a career plan because I wanted to go to another big club in Brazil, and not just play for sport. I was taught to go to who would pay me the most. That is the Brazilian way.”

“Look at Neymar. He moved to PSG just because of money.”

“PSG gave everything to him, everything he wanted, and now he wants to leave before the end of his contract.”

The Lyon director believes if he is to truly become a legend he must change his way of thinking.

He added:

“But now is the time to give back, to show gratitude.” 

“It’s an exchange, you see. Neymar needs to give everything he can on the pitch, to show total dedication, responsibility, and leadership.”

“He is fast, tough, can score and make assists as a real number 10. But as a person, I think he is guilty because he needs to question himself and grow up. At the moment, however, he is just doing what life taught him to do.”

Is Neymar Jr. really worthy of being called a “great?”