Neymar said: 'I wouldn't go as far as to say I didn't want to play again but, I didn't want to see a ball, or to see any more football played'
Football fans would remember Brazil striker Neymar's performance at the just-concluded FIFA World Cup. More so because of his dives and hysterical reactions after being fouled than his skills.
However, Brazil's exit in the quarter-final left him so shattered that he did not even want to see the rest of the matches.
"I wouldn't go as far as to say I didn't want to play again but, I didn't want to see a ball, or to see any more football played," 26-year-old Neymar said.
The Paris Saint-Germain player was with his six-year-old son Davi Lucca at his Neymar Praia Grande institute where the Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five (five-a-side-football) tournament was being played.
"I was in mourning, I was really sad, but sadness passes. I have my son, my family, my friends and they don't want to see me moping around," he added.
He was also questioned about the play acting during certain matches for which he was criticised vehemently on social media. He said that he went to play the best he could for his side in the World Cup and not get kicked around. He also went on to say that people are faster in criticising the one who was fouled rather than the one doing the fouling.
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Last Updated Jul 22, 2018, 7:14 PM IST