Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

Brazil's Neymar, top, celebrates with teammate Douglas Costa after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil hit by injuries at World Cup, even coach needs care
Brazil's Neymar, top, celebrates with teammate Douglas Costa after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar, top, celebrates with teammate Douglas Costa after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
The Latest: England players won over by Argentine tea
Brazil's Neymar, top, celebrates with teammate Douglas Costa after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar, left and Thiago Silva talk to other players during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
The Latest: Ozil's absence notable for Germany vs Sweden
Brazil's Neymar, left and Thiago Silva talk to other players during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazil coach Tite took a tumble during his side's win over Costa Rica, but star player Neymar has been given the all-clear.
Neymar 'fully recovered' but Brazil coach Tite has thigh injury
Brazil coach Tite took a tumble during his side's win over Costa Rica, but star player Neymar has been given the all-clear.
Neymar complains to Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers during Brazil's win over Costa Rica on Friday (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
Neymar complains to Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers during Brazil's win over Costa Rica on Friday
Neymar complains to Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers during Brazil's win over Costa Rica on Friday (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
Brazil's Neymar lies on the pitch the in the penalty area during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Neymar lies on the pitch the in the penalty area during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Thiago Silva, right, challenges for the ball with Costa Rica's Marcos Urena, during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Thiago Silva, right, challenges for the ball with Costa Rica's Marcos Urena, during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Neymar reacts at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Neymar reacts at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar reacts after missing a chance to score during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Neymar reacts after missing a chance to score during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, hugs Neymar at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, hugs Neymar at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, right, celebrates after scoring his team's first goal as teammate Thiago Silva reacts during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, right, celebrates after scoring his team's first goal as teammate Thiago Silva reacts during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Neymar’s melodramatic display in Brazil’s win over Costa Rica was defended by his captain, Thiago Silva, who said the team’s superstar wept at the end because he has “worked so hard” to return from injury. “He was crying on the pitch. I told him to get it all out, because he's been carrying a lot of weight,” Thiago said, “It's not easy to go three months without playing, but people don't understand that. They keep criticising, hammering him. He's got great character, because it’s not everyone who takes on the responsibility he has today. “He deserved his goal and we deserved the win. I think he has [been criticised]. It's tough for us to fight against those who have the microphone. We try and respond on the pitch, playing as well as possible, and dedicating ourselves on the training ground. That kid has worked so hard to get here. It's only the second time he's played 90 minutes after three months out, so of course he's feeling it.” Argentina’s heavy defeat to Croatia was a warning to Brazil, who used it to inspire their own win over Costa Rica the next day, according to Willian, the Chelsea midfielder. “I think what happened on Thursday night in the Argentina game helped us to come to this game more concentrated, more focused to win this game,” Willian said after stoppage time goals by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave the tournament favourites their first win in Russia. “We will be like that now until the end of the World Cup. We have to be ready because the games will not be easy. To win in this way is very emotional.” Big brand | Neymar's 27 official endorsements Willian also spoke of Neymar’s contribution and crying after the final whistle. “The guys were emotional after the game and that’s why he cried because it was a difficult game,” he said. He also paid tribute to Coutinho, Brazil’s best player in Saint-Petersburg: “He is an unbelievable player. A fantastic player. I am happy because he plays for Brazil. I was happy for him because he scored his first goals for us. I think when he played at Liverpool he was this player. But I think in football we have to improve and I think he is doing that. He has improved a lot.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Gabriel Jesus, the Manchester City striker, claimed Brazil’s shaky first-half was down to Costa Rican tactics. He said: “We know that when the teams come to Brazil, they always play very closed. To win, we need to play in a clever way. It starts from the back, with Alisson [the goalkeeper] coming out with his feet, the defence working the ball through the middle and the attack to follow on that work. We know it will be complicated.” Brazil complete their group campaign against Serbia. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil team-mates defend Neymar after his on-pitch theatrics draw criticism
Neymar’s melodramatic display in Brazil’s win over Costa Rica was defended by his captain, Thiago Silva, who said the team’s superstar wept at the end because he has “worked so hard” to return from injury. “He was crying on the pitch. I told him to get it all out, because he's been carrying a lot of weight,” Thiago said, “It's not easy to go three months without playing, but people don't understand that. They keep criticising, hammering him. He's got great character, because it’s not everyone who takes on the responsibility he has today. “He deserved his goal and we deserved the win. I think he has [been criticised]. It's tough for us to fight against those who have the microphone. We try and respond on the pitch, playing as well as possible, and dedicating ourselves on the training ground. That kid has worked so hard to get here. It's only the second time he's played 90 minutes after three months out, so of course he's feeling it.” Argentina’s heavy defeat to Croatia was a warning to Brazil, who used it to inspire their own win over Costa Rica the next day, according to Willian, the Chelsea midfielder. “I think what happened on Thursday night in the Argentina game helped us to come to this game more concentrated, more focused to win this game,” Willian said after stoppage time goals by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave the tournament favourites their first win in Russia. “We will be like that now until the end of the World Cup. We have to be ready because the games will not be easy. To win in this way is very emotional.” Big brand | Neymar's 27 official endorsements Willian also spoke of Neymar’s contribution and crying after the final whistle. “The guys were emotional after the game and that’s why he cried because it was a difficult game,” he said. He also paid tribute to Coutinho, Brazil’s best player in Saint-Petersburg: “He is an unbelievable player. A fantastic player. I am happy because he plays for Brazil. I was happy for him because he scored his first goals for us. I think when he played at Liverpool he was this player. But I think in football we have to improve and I think he is doing that. He has improved a lot.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Gabriel Jesus, the Manchester City striker, claimed Brazil’s shaky first-half was down to Costa Rican tactics. He said: “We know that when the teams come to Brazil, they always play very closed. To win, we need to play in a clever way. It starts from the back, with Alisson [the goalkeeper] coming out with his feet, the defence working the ball through the middle and the attack to follow on that work. We know it will be complicated.” Brazil complete their group campaign against Serbia. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- A soccer fan wearing a Brazil jersey walks in front of posters of Brazil's Neymar (L) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- A soccer fan wearing a Brazil jersey walks in front of posters of Brazil's Neymar (L) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- A soccer fan wearing a Brazil jersey walks in front of posters of Brazil's Neymar (L) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- Commuter walk with a lane decorate with a poster of Brazil's Neymar in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- Commuter walk with a lane decorate with a poster of Brazil's Neymar in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- Commuter walk with a lane decorate with a poster of Brazil's Neymar in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
The PSG attacker opened his account at the World Cup against Costa Rica but also clashed with his club-mate, to the defender's chagrin
Thiago Silva 'saddened' by Neymar outburst
The PSG attacker opened his account at the World Cup against Costa Rica but also clashed with his club-mate, to the defender's chagrin
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Neymar needs to stop diving to reach Ronaldo and Messi's level
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Neymar needs to stop diving to reach Ronaldo and Messi's level
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Neymar needs to stop diving to reach Ronaldo and Messi's level
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Gabriel Jesus is unconcerned by Neymar's full-time tears against Costa Rica and believes his own rivalry with Roberto Firmino is a positive.
Tearful Neymar is a joyful boy, says Jesus
Gabriel Jesus is unconcerned by Neymar's full-time tears against Costa Rica and believes his own rivalry with Roberto Firmino is a positive.
Neymar's goal, rainbow flick and tears might have stolen the attention on Friday, but Philippe Coutinho was again Brazil's driving force.
Ruiz: Coutinho has the same quality as Neymar
Neymar's goal, rainbow flick and tears might have stolen the attention on Friday, but Philippe Coutinho was again Brazil's driving force.
'Petulant' Neymar mocked incessantly on social media
'Petulant' Neymar mocked incessantly on social media
'Petulant' Neymar mocked incessantly on social media
VAR drama, Neymar breaks down in dramatic win
VAR drama, Neymar breaks down in dramatic win
VAR drama, Neymar breaks down in dramatic win
Brazil's Neymar reacts after falling in the penalty area during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games
Brazil's Neymar reacts after falling in the penalty area during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Neymar, center right, falls in the penalty area after challenging for the ball with Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games
Brazil's Neymar, center right, falls in the penalty area after challenging for the ball with Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Grant Wahl recaps day nine of the World Cup from Russia headlined by Brazil's emotional win over Costa Rica.
Emotional Neymar Shows 'Level of Emotion, Pressure' at World Cup
Grant Wahl recaps day nine of the World Cup from Russia headlined by Brazil's emotional win over Costa Rica.
Grant Wahl recaps day nine of the World Cup from Russia headlined by Brazil's emotional win over Costa Rica.
Emotional Neymar Shows 'Level of Emotion, Pressure' at World Cup
Grant Wahl recaps day nine of the World Cup from Russia headlined by Brazil's emotional win over Costa Rica.
Grant Wahl recaps day nine of the World Cup from Russia headlined by Brazil's emotional win over Costa Rica.
Emotional Neymar Shows 'Level of Emotion, Pressure' at World Cup
Grant Wahl recaps day nine of the World Cup from Russia headlined by Brazil's emotional win over Costa Rica.
Grant Wahl recaps day nine of the World Cup from Russia headlined by Brazil's emotional win over Costa Rica.
Emotional Neymar Shows 'Level of Emotion, Pressure' at World Cup
Grant Wahl recaps day nine of the World Cup from Russia headlined by Brazil's emotional win over Costa Rica.
Neymar celebrates after scoring to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Neymar celebrates after scoring to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0
Neymar celebrates after scoring to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey recaps the action on Day X of the tournament - including the Selecao stealing a late win against Costa Rica, Nigeria topping Iceland and Switzerland pulling out a late win over Serbia.
#WorldCup90: Brazil win, but Neymar underperforms again
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey recaps the action on Day X of the tournament - including the Selecao stealing a late win against Costa Rica, Nigeria topping Iceland and Switzerland pulling out a late win over Serbia.
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey recaps the action on Day X of the tournament - including the Selecao stealing a late win against Costa Rica, Nigeria topping Iceland and Switzerland pulling out a late win over Serbia.
#WorldCup90: Brazil win, but Neymar underperforms again
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey recaps the action on Day X of the tournament - including the Selecao stealing a late win against Costa Rica, Nigeria topping Iceland and Switzerland pulling out a late win over Serbia.
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey recaps the action on Day X of the tournament - including the Selecao stealing a late win against Costa Rica, Nigeria topping Iceland and Switzerland pulling out a late win over Serbia.
#WorldCup90: Brazil win, but Neymar underperforms again
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey recaps the action on Day X of the tournament - including the Selecao stealing a late win against Costa Rica, Nigeria topping Iceland and Switzerland pulling out a late win over Serbia.
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey recaps the action on Day 9 of the tournament - including the Selecao stealing a late win against Costa Rica, Nigeria topping Iceland and Switzerland pulling out a late win over Serbia.
#WorldCup90: Brazil wins, but Neymar underperforms again
FC Yahoo's Ryan Bailey recaps the action on Day 9 of the tournament - including the Selecao stealing a late win against Costa Rica, Nigeria topping Iceland and Switzerland pulling out a late win over Serbia.
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, left, challenges for the ball with Brazil's Neymar during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
AP PHOTOS: Brazil leaves it late on Day 9 of World Cup
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, left, challenges for the ball with Brazil's Neymar during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Brazil's Neymar takes the ball past Costa Rica's Johan Venegas, left, during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
AP PHOTOS: Brazil leaves it late on Day 9 of World Cup
Brazil's Neymar takes the ball past Costa Rica's Johan Venegas, left, during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Neymar hit the latest goal in World Cup history (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Neymar hit the latest goal in World Cup history
Neymar hit the latest goal in World Cup history (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Brazil's Neymar reacts at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Neymar reacts at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar reacts after missing a chance to score during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Neymar reacts after missing a chance to score during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, hugs Neymar at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, hugs Neymar at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, right, celebrates after scoring his team's first goal as teammate Thiago Silva reacts during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, right, celebrates after scoring his team's first goal as teammate Thiago Silva reacts during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Neymar’s melodramatic display in Brazil’s win over Costa Rica was defended by his captain, Thiago Silva, who said the team’s superstar wept at the end because he has “worked so hard” to return from injury. “He was crying on the pitch. I told him to get it all out, because he's been carrying a lot of weight,” Thiago said, “It's not easy to go three months without playing, but people don't understand that. They keep criticising, hammering him. He's got great character, because it’s not everyone who takes on the responsibility he has today. “He deserved his goal and we deserved the win. I think he has [been criticised]. It's tough for us to fight against those who have the microphone. We try and respond on the pitch, playing as well as possible, and dedicating ourselves on the training ground. That kid has worked so hard to get here. It's only the second time he's played 90 minutes after three months out, so of course he's feeling it.” Argentina’s heavy defeat to Croatia was a warning to Brazil, who used it to inspire their own win over Costa Rica the next day, according to Willian, the Chelsea midfielder. “I think what happened on Thursday night in the Argentina game helped us to come to this game more concentrated, more focused to win this game,” Willian said after stoppage time goals by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave the tournament favourites their first win in Russia. “We will be like that now until the end of the World Cup. We have to be ready because the games will not be easy. To win in this way is very emotional.” Big brand | Neymar's 27 official endorsements Willian also spoke of Neymar’s contribution and crying after the final whistle. “The guys were emotional after the game and that’s why he cried because it was a difficult game,” he said. He also paid tribute to Coutinho, Brazil’s best player in Saint-Petersburg: “He is an unbelievable player. A fantastic player. I am happy because he plays for Brazil. I was happy for him because he scored his first goals for us. I think when he played at Liverpool he was this player. But I think in football we have to improve and I think he is doing that. He has improved a lot.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Gabriel Jesus, the Manchester City striker, claimed Brazil’s shaky first-half was down to Costa Rican tactics. He said: “We know that when the teams come to Brazil, they always play very closed. To win, we need to play in a clever way. It starts from the back, with Alisson [the goalkeeper] coming out with his feet, the defence working the ball through the middle and the attack to follow on that work. We know it will be complicated.” Brazil complete their group campaign against Serbia. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil team-mates defend Neymar after his on-pitch theatrics draw criticism
Neymar’s melodramatic display in Brazil’s win over Costa Rica was defended by his captain, Thiago Silva, who said the team’s superstar wept at the end because he has “worked so hard” to return from injury. “He was crying on the pitch. I told him to get it all out, because he's been carrying a lot of weight,” Thiago said, “It's not easy to go three months without playing, but people don't understand that. They keep criticising, hammering him. He's got great character, because it’s not everyone who takes on the responsibility he has today. “He deserved his goal and we deserved the win. I think he has [been criticised]. It's tough for us to fight against those who have the microphone. We try and respond on the pitch, playing as well as possible, and dedicating ourselves on the training ground. That kid has worked so hard to get here. It's only the second time he's played 90 minutes after three months out, so of course he's feeling it.” Argentina’s heavy defeat to Croatia was a warning to Brazil, who used it to inspire their own win over Costa Rica the next day, according to Willian, the Chelsea midfielder. “I think what happened on Thursday night in the Argentina game helped us to come to this game more concentrated, more focused to win this game,” Willian said after stoppage time goals by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave the tournament favourites their first win in Russia. “We will be like that now until the end of the World Cup. We have to be ready because the games will not be easy. To win in this way is very emotional.” Big brand | Neymar's 27 official endorsements Willian also spoke of Neymar’s contribution and crying after the final whistle. “The guys were emotional after the game and that’s why he cried because it was a difficult game,” he said. He also paid tribute to Coutinho, Brazil’s best player in Saint-Petersburg: “He is an unbelievable player. A fantastic player. I am happy because he plays for Brazil. I was happy for him because he scored his first goals for us. I think when he played at Liverpool he was this player. But I think in football we have to improve and I think he is doing that. He has improved a lot.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Gabriel Jesus, the Manchester City striker, claimed Brazil’s shaky first-half was down to Costa Rican tactics. He said: “We know that when the teams come to Brazil, they always play very closed. To win, we need to play in a clever way. It starts from the back, with Alisson [the goalkeeper] coming out with his feet, the defence working the ball through the middle and the attack to follow on that work. We know it will be complicated.” Brazil complete their group campaign against Serbia. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- A soccer fan wearing a Brazil jersey walks in front of posters of Brazil's Neymar (L) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- A soccer fan wearing a Brazil jersey walks in front of posters of Brazil's Neymar (L) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- A soccer fan wearing a Brazil jersey walks in front of posters of Brazil's Neymar (L) and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- Commuter walk with a lane decorate with a poster of Brazil's Neymar in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- Commuter walk with a lane decorate with a poster of Brazil's Neymar in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Kolkata (India), 23/06/2018.- Commuter walk with a lane decorate with a poster of Brazil's Neymar in Kolkata, Eastern India 23 June 2018. The FIFA World Cup 2018 is running between 14 June to 15 July 2018. (Mundial de Fútbol, Brasil) EFE/EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
The PSG attacker opened his account at the World Cup against Costa Rica but also clashed with his club-mate, to the defender's chagrin
'He insulted me' - Thiago Silva 'saddened' by Neymar outburst
The PSG attacker opened his account at the World Cup against Costa Rica but also clashed with his club-mate, to the defender's chagrin
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Neymar needs to stop diving to reach Ronaldo and Messi's level
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Neymar needs to stop diving to reach Ronaldo and Messi's level
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Neymar needs to stop diving to reach Ronaldo and Messi's level
Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world once he stopped diving at Manchester United and Neymar needs to do the same to improve.
Gabriel Jesus is unconcerned by Neymar's full-time tears against Costa Rica and believes his own rivalry with Roberto Firmino is a positive.
Tearful Neymar is a joyful boy, says Jesus
Gabriel Jesus is unconcerned by Neymar's full-time tears against Costa Rica and believes his own rivalry with Roberto Firmino is a positive.
Neymar's goal, rainbow flick and tears might have stolen the attention on Friday, but Philippe Coutinho was again Brazil's driving force.
Ruiz: Coutinho has the same quality as Neymar
Neymar's goal, rainbow flick and tears might have stolen the attention on Friday, but Philippe Coutinho was again Brazil's driving force.
'Petulant' Neymar mocked incessantly on social media
'Petulant' Neymar mocked incessantly on social media
'Petulant' Neymar mocked incessantly on social media
VAR drama, Neymar breaks down in dramatic win
VAR drama, Neymar breaks down in dramatic win
VAR drama, Neymar breaks down in dramatic win

What to Read Next