“They teach us in Brazil only to pay attention to money and move to the team that pays the highest salary,” words to former Brazilian star Juninho criticizing the mentality in which the Brazilian players are born, considering that the clearest example of this mentality is Neymar's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
"The players in Brazil grow up on the basis of money first, but in Europe the mentality is different," added the former star of Lyon and the samba team.
He added - in an interview with the British newspaper "The Guardian" - that "I involuntarily planned for my career to move to a big team in Brazil. They taught me to join the team that pays the most, playing for money and not only sports, this is the Brazilian way."
He considered that "the problem lies in the institutions in Brazil that have a culture of greed and love of money, this is what we grew up on and learned."
To demonstrate this mentality, Juninho cites the deal of his compatriot Neymar to Saint-Germain "for money only." He added, "Saint-Germain gave Neymar everything, and he asks him to take it, and today he wants to end his contract and leave."
He explained that Neymar must live up to the ambitions that were built on him by the Parisian team, which paid tens of millions to join him from Barcelona in 2017.
He pointed out that this is "Neymar's time to respond, show dedication and lead the team to titles, and Neymar must present everything on the field, he must assume his responsibility and show his leadership personality."
He concluded that Neymar is among the best 3 players in the world, and he is on the same level with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but the problem with his personality, his way of thinking and his actions outside the field, he must sit with himself and hold it accountable, and maturity.