Former Brazil and Manchester United defender, Rafael believes that Neymar is not a leader and needs to improve on a lot of things outside the pitch, in order to ensure that he can guide his country to success in the coming years.
Rafeal played alongside Neymar for Brazil at the at the 2012 Olympics in London and with the Copa America scheduled for next year along with the 2022 World Cup in sights for the Selecao, the Paris Saint-Germain attacker will be key if they are to challenge for trophies at the international level.
“We need Neymar, that’s for sure. We need him a lot. He needs to improve a lot of things outside the pitch. It’s important for a footballer. He needs to improve a lot outside the pitch to come inside the pitch and do his best. I hope he can do that and if he does we have a big chance to win,” Rafael said to ESPN.
“Neymar is not a leader. I don’t think he’s a leader. It’s not him. He can do the things he does because if he is good, if he’s focused and concentrated, he is the best player in the world.”
Despite his off-field shenanigans, the 28-year-old has a brilliant goalscoring record for his country, netting 61 goals in 101 games and led them to the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics which took place in Rio.