Former Brazil star Ronaldo backs Brazil star Neymar to bounce back after the former superstar faces backlash for his injury on social media. Brazil star Neymar suffered an ankle injury in Brazil’s world cup opener against Serbia. Neymar is expected to return for the knockout stages of the world cup if Brazil manages to qualify for the round of 16.
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Neymar has faced a huge backlash after his ankle injury. The Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward has been recovering from the injury. Ronaldo has had the back of Neymar during this tough time and in an interview 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 trivializing intolerance, of normalizing 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.” Ronaldo further added.
Neymar missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup and had to go through some of the hardest times in his career as he witnessed his team loose in the finals. The 30 year old is one of the finest of his generation. He is 2 goals away from equaling Pele’s record of 122 goals representing Brazil.