PSG star Neymar is facing a lot of criticism had a poor performance in their World Cup qualifying match and there is a possibility that this is his last World Cup tournament.
But the striker turned the tables around after providing key elements and performances in all their matches in their 4-1 win against Uruguay.
The 29-year-old had a poor performances against Colombia on Sunday in the team’s 0-0 draw and their previous matches. When he arrived in the northwest Brazilian city of Manaus on Monday with dozens of fans in front of the team’s hotel.
Maybe this boosted his performance to put up a fine in the Uruguay match as he scored the opening goal against Uruguay after dribbling past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. He then took the shot that allowed Raphinha to add the second.
Neymar provided additional two assists; one in a through pass to Raphinha and a cross that landed on the head of Gabriel Barbosa.
And United midfielder Fred who handed assist to Neymar thinks the forward has seen the difference in atmosphere since they arrival for the match.
“These fans gave us support every day in the stadium, in the hotel. They bought all the tickets and it was an extra strength for us,” he said, referring to the attendance of 12,500, the maximum allowed by COVID-19 protocols in Brazil.
“We want them to be here supporting us, giving this great energy again in the next matches,” he added.
Raphinha praised Neymar’s performance on Thursday. “Playing with Ney was very easy. I am a big fan of his, I take a lot of inspiration from him, in the way he plays and dribbles the opposition,” Raphinha said. “I watch a lot of his videos. To have played alongside is a dream coming true.”