Neymar has built a legacy with the Brazilian national team that has garnered mixed reviews. While he currently sits at second on the Selecao’s all-time leading goal-scoring list, he has not led the side to a FIFA World Cup or a Copa America win.
For former Brazilian forward Walter Casagrande Jr., he is not much convinced with Neymar’s overall legacy with the Brazil national team, which he touched on to Globo Esporte.
“I have always said that Neymar in the Seleção, despite his personal records for goals and games, was never decisive,” Casagrande said. “In the Neymar era, Brazil only won one Confederations Cup, and the only Copa America we won was here in Brazil, in 2019, and he didn’t even play.”
Overall, Casagrande sides with the notion that Neymar’s career has gone backward ever since he opted to join Paris Saint-Germain.
“Neymar is in a terrible moment, being execrated in France and the rest of Europe,” Casagrande said. “I still think he is a childish, spoiled, unfocused guy. He was a top star when he appeared at Santos, even at a very young age, scoring memorable games and goals. He was a great adjunct to Messi at Barcelona, his best moment in Europe. But when he chose to go to PSG, he gradually fell apart.
“He had several injuries, and don’t tell me that they had nothing to do with his social behavior. He lost his explosiveness and his drive. As a result, his dribbling diminished.”
Neymar is currently in his fifth season with PSG. Over his career with PSG, he has been decisive in all competitions and is the holder of numerous notable club records. Still, he has yet to lead PSG to a UEFA Champions League win.
For now, Neymar is projected to feature for PSG in its upcoming Ligue 1 home fixture against Lorient.