By Jon Essien
Brazilian star Neymar has expressed his anger at fans rooting for Lionel Messi and Argentina ahead of Saturday’s Copa America final between the two South American powerhouses.
Recall that Neymar had hoped to face his ex Barcelona teammate in the most important of Superclasico das Americas meetings, and his wish was met after Argentina defeated Colombia in the semi-final (4-2) on penalties.
In what has left Neymar disappointed, some Brazilians have declared their support for La Albiceleste, because it will mean that Messi finally ends his international football hoodoo of never having won any silverware with them.
Neymar has frowned at that stance, taking to social media to criticize those showing support for Messi’s Argentina.
“I am ‘Brazilian with a lot of pride and with a lot of love,” Neymar said on Instagram, “My dream was always to be in the Brazilian team and hear the fans singing. I never attacked nor would I ever attack Brazil if they are playing for something, whatever the sport, a model [beauty] contest, the Oscar………
“I am Brazil, and who is Brazilian and does it differently?
“It’s fine, I will respect it, but go to [hell]… those who are in opposition.” It doesn’t sound like you’re fine Neymar pal.
While Messi is being considered by many as the greatest footballer of all time and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is yet to crown his achievements with an international trophy.
The 34-year-old has been to three Copa America finals, including back-to-back finals in 2015 and 2016, and also got to the World Cup final in 2014.