Neymar has picked up an unfortunate injury in the World Cup yet again. He has injured his ankle and many Brazilian fans are happy to see him sidelined, despite him giving his all for his country. Veteran and World Cup winner Ronaldo has praised Neymar and provided his support on Instagram.
Ronaldo, who inspired Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002 while also forming part of a triumphant squad in 1994, has said: “I couldn’t start this open letter any other way: you’re f*cking Neymar! Giant! I am sure that most Brazilians, like me, admire and love you. Your talent, by the way, has taken you so far, so high, that there is love and admiration for you in every corner of the world. And it is also for this reason, for having reached where he has, for the success he has achieved, that he has to deal with so much envy and evil.”
“On a level of celebrating the injury of a star like you, with a story like yours, how far have we come? What world is this? What message are we passing on to our young people? There will always be people rooting against you, but it is sad to see society on a path of trivialising intolerance, of normalising hate speech.”
“It is against this verbal violence with destructive power that I write to you today: come back stronger! Smarter! Hungry for goals! The good you do on and off the field is much greater than envy towards you. Don’t forget for a second the journey that made you a world football idol. Brazil loves you! The real fans – the ones who are in favour – need your goals, dribbles, boldness and joy! Don’t exalt the cowards and envious. Celebrate the love that comes from most of your country. You will bounce back Neymar! And may all the hate turn into fuel.”
Neymar is expected to be sidelined for the Group Stages and will hopefully be back for the knockouts.