Former PSG Teammate Criticizes Neymar’s Lack of Drive in Football

In a recent interview with French media outlet LaNacion, former Argentina international Javier Pastore didn’t hold back when discussing his former teammate Neymar’s approach to football. Pastore, who played alongside Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, expressed his disappointment in Neymar’s perceived lack of commitment compared to football greats like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Pastore suggested that Neymar, despite possessing exceptional talent, has failed to fully capitalize on his potential due to a lack of dedication and passion for the game. “If he had wanted, he would fight for the Ballon d’Or against Messi, Cristiano, and whoever, but he lives his life in a different way. He does not live for football 100%,” remarked Pastore.

The former PSG midfielder’s comments shed light on Neymar’s reputation for indulging in off-field distractions, which some believe have hindered his ability to reach the same heights as Messi and Ronaldo. Pastore’s words also hint at a perceived lack of ambition from Neymar, who was once hailed as the heir apparent to Messi and Ronaldo’s thrones.

Despite his criticism, Pastore expressed his affection for Neymar, revealing that he reached out to the Brazilian during his injury spell. “I love him very much. I have written to him quite a bit now, during his injury. At first, I expected someone arrogant, and I was wrong,” Pastore confessed.

As Neymar continues his journey with Al Hilal, these remarks from a former colleague serve as a reminder of the challenges the Brazilian star faces in living up to the expectations set by football’s greatest icons. Will Neymar rise to the occasion and prove his doubters wrong, or will his career be defined by unfulfilled potential? Only time will tell.

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