FC Barcelona legend Xavi on former teammate Neymar after 2018 FIFA World Cup elimination
Posted: 10 July 2018 Time: 17:00
FC Barcelona legend Xavi has made a massive claim about Brazil superstar Neymar after his widespread criticism during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Neymar, 26, was widely expected to lead the Selecao to their record sixth World Cup title.
However, the South American giants fell at the quarter-final stage after a 2-1 defeat to Belgium.
While the world's most expensive footballer impressed in spells, as he currently leads the charts for most chances created (23) - he received major backlash due to his alleged overreactions from challenges.
And Xavi has subsequently backed his former teammate claiming 'it's the way he plays.'
"It's the way he plays, it's just the way he is and that's hard to change. I can understand that it causes problems, some people think he dives too much," the Barca legend told AS.
"But what you cannot criticise him for is for lack of trying or for not having personality; he will always take on a player or carry the weight of the team on his shoulders and I would much rather have a player like that on my side than someone who hides or is afraid to take risks."