After setting a national team record for Brazil in a World Cup qualifier, Neymar had a message for his fat-shaming critics.
Neymar feels he doesn’t get the respect he deserves after his record-breaking exploits for Brazil on Thursday.
The Paris Saint-Germain star became Brazil’s record top scorer in World Cup qualifying by scoring in a 2-0 win over Peru after critics recently slammed him for looking overweight.
Neymar’s strike increased his tally in World Cup qualifiers to 12 goals in 20 games. Therefore, he now stands above legends like Ronaldo Nazario and Romario as the Selecao’s record scorer in World Cup qualifiers.
Neymar posted this on his Instagram after scoring against Peru in response to people claiming he's overweight 👀 pic.twitter.com/zXs915wcNl
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“Obviously, the team is the most important,” Neymar told TV Globo. “I’m very happy to be the top scorer in the qualifiers, the most assists  for the national team and soon, if all goes well, it will be an honor to pass Pele as the all-time top scorer.
“I don’t know anymore what I have to do for people to respect me. This is normal, it’s been a long time. Reporters, commentators, others too. Sometimes I don’t even like to talk in interviews anymore, but at an important moment I come to show up. I leave it to the guys to think a little bit.”
Across all competitions, Neymar has managed 69 goals and 49 assists in 112 appearances for Brazil. The forward is the Selecao’s second-highest scorer behind the legendary Pele, who scored 77 times in his own international career.