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Neymar angrily rejected suggestions that he is a “crybaby” as the Paris Saint-Germain star revealed the great sadness that had made him cry after his latest injury setback.
In an emotional Instagram post, the Brazilian was evidently recovering from an adductor injury sustained in PSG’s 1-0 Coupe de France win over Caen on Wednesday, which has ruled him out for up to four weeks.
That means he will miss out on visiting former club Barcelona in the knockout stages of the Champions League next week, and the return leg on March 10 is possibly too soon too.
It’s far from the first time the 29-year-old has been sidelined, but he criticized the idea that it was a soft touch on the field when he lashed out at his detractors.
“The sadness is great, the pain is immense and the crying is constant,” he wrote.
“Once again I will stop for a while doing what I love the most in life, which is playing soccer.
“Sometimes my style of play bothers me, I dribble and I always get caught [by challenges].
“I don’t know if it’s me or what I’m doing in the field. It really makes me sad.
It saddens me very much to hear a player, coach or commentator … ‘fall’, ‘cry baby’, ‘spoiled’, etc.
“I just want to be happy playing soccer. Nothing else. “
Neymar has often suffered premature injuries at a similar time in previous seasons during his time at PSG.
In 2018, he suffered a broken toe in February, meaning he missed nearly three months of action, with PSG losing 5-2 on aggregate to eventual Champions League champion Real Madrid. in the second round in his absence.
An ankle injury kept him out from January to April 2019, and PSG was left to Manchester United, although he was in a position to help the Parisians beat Borussia Dortmund in last season’s tournament, before the suspension imposed by the coronavirus.
PSG lost in the final to Bayern Munich, although Neymar had lifted the trophy before, having scored in a 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2015 final.