Brazil soccer legend Ronaldo has disapproved Neymar’s actions that led to his dismissal in a recent Copa America match against Colombia.
Brazil lost the match 1-0 and there were a lot of tempers during the match. Neymar is widely recognised as the best player at the disposal of Brazil. His absence is widely seen as the reason for the team failing to win the World Cup 2014, but the Barcelona superstar was determined to end the misery by leading his team to Copa America success. This did not turn out to be the case after his dismissal was further worsened by a four match suspension by the Copa America committee.
Neymar showed violent behaviour that led to a dismissal with a straight red card. His actions were later deemed as overly aggressive and this later led to the ban. Ronaldo has appeared in several games for Brazil during his stellar career. He has almost single-handedly helped the national team win major titles like the World Cup. Neymar, meanwhile, has not lifted such a major tournament with the national team. Even though Ronaldo acknowledges that the Barcelona player is an immense talent, his actions while wearing the Brazil shirt is deemed unacceptable by any standards.
Brazil are the most successful team at international level.“It’s not justified, what he has said and done. He is acting very aggressively and he is not accepting anything that happens. In the Brazil jersey, you cannot do that,” said Ronaldo. “The rules are always used against me. [Other players] wipe the vanishing spray and do not receive a yellow, but I do… The ball hit my hand but it wasn’t intentional — I was falling — and I received a yellow,” said Neymar after Wednesday’s match. Brazil went on to be knocked out of the competition by Paraguay.