Brazilian star Neymar has hit out at home fans who are backing Argentina to win Saturday’s Copa America final at the Maracana because they support Lionel Messi.
Brazil supporters have lacked interest in this year’s tournament due to the covid-19 pandemic in the nation and last-minute changes which saw Brazil host the Copa after CONMEBOL announced Argentina and Colombia would no longer stage the event.
Brazilian Sports TV journalist Fabiola Andrade is among those that have publicly come out to support Argentina in the final.
Andrade explained her controversial decision on Instagram and wrote: “Before stoning me in a public square, let me explain: I love Brazil, Brazilian football…I have several Argentine friends. But I’m not going to root for Argentina in the Copa America final because of them, no. I cheer because I love #football and @leomessi This guy needs to win a title with his country’s shirt! For justice!”
Messi is the leading scorer in the competition with four goals and has also set up five more. The forward is also looking to win his first major international competition for Argentina having failed in four attempts.
“What I want most is to win a title with the national team,” Messi said after Argentina beat Colombia in a semifinal penalty shootout. “We are more eager than ever to win the Copa.”
Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who missed Brazil’s 2019 Copa triumph on home soil due to injury, is shocked that some compatriots would even consider supporting eternal rivals Argentina.
Neymar wrote on Instagram: “I am ‘Brazilian with a lot of pride and with a lot of love. My dream was always to be in the Brazilian team and hear the fans singing. I never attacked nor would I ever attack Brazil if they are playing for something, whatever the sport, a model [beauty] contest, the Oscar……… I am Brazil, and who is Brazilian and does it differently?”
Neymar then added: ” OK, I’ll respect [that], but go to —,” using an expletive word to finish the sentence.
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By FARPost Reporter