Neymar makes retirement admission

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Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil superstar Neymar admits he considered retiring from football after the barrage of criticism from supporters.

The 28-year-old forward is widely considered as one of the most skilful attackers to ever play the game but has come under the microscope for his alleged diving and theatrical antics when being tackled.

But his record of 319 goals and 200 assists in 522 games for club and country since making his professional debut as 16-year-old ranks him amongst the elite footballers of his generation.

Despite his success, he conceded that he considered calling it a day due to the constant attacks he's received over the last few years.

"I will never lose the passion for football, but I have had moments that I wanted to stop playing," Neymar told the Gaffer.

"Once, I reached a point of asking myself why I should keep playing if they do not like it. I used to go home hot-headed and then remembered everything I've done to get me here.

"The love I have for football and all those things just calmed me down and brought me back to reality. Because I'm very lucky. Truly. I have achieved a lot of things in my career that made me and my family incredibly happy."

With 24 major titles to his name, the Brazil international opened up on the most memorable moments of his career that has kept him motivated to continue the game.

"Just debuting for Santos FC, winning the first title with Santos, winning the Libertadores Cup was super important as well," he said.

"Joining Barcelona was a dream of mine since I was a kid, winning the Champions League, my arrival in Paris. These moments will always remain special to me."

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