Neymar for Esporte Interativo
Game against Juventus
We have to believe that we can do it,The other day my dad told me one thing, that stayed in my head and it’s true. In front of us we have a different team, but Barcelona are the same team. And we can do it. We did it once and we can do it a second time. We have to give our maximum. If everything goes well, another comeback will happen. I believe in the team and in our power. Everything is lost so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We have to go out onto the pitch and do our job. It’s very difficult, mainly when there’s a big score against you. Juve are a great team, a very well structured side and that’s why it will be difficult to turn things around. We have to run twice as much. If we have a 1% chance to pass, if there is one more game, it’s 99% running, 99% faith and 99% God’s willing of the goals which will come in.
Where he would like to play?
I’d love to play one day for Flamengo, with the Maracana full, in the Copa Libertadores.
Santos took me to court and I don’t know why, there are a lot of stories that people don’t know, some said I wanted to score a goal against them when we played against Barcelona in the Club World Cup. I have no obligation to congratulate them the day they celebrate their foundation, I don’t do what everyone else wants.
In the fourth (goal) Yes. I hoped for one more little gulp to give that pon, we almost got that flavor. And after a few minutes the penalty kick came out. I only remember at the time I got the ball to hit the penalty, at the time I was concentrating, I would only listen to someone saying that I only had five minutes to play. Then I already thought, “C…, I have to do this m…, if not I’ll f…”. Messi said: “You go.” I said, “Alright!” I just thought, “I have to do it so we can have at least a chance to try something extraordinary.” As soon as I scored the goal it was a total relief because it put us in the game. Already excited the whole stadium and everyone. And then the historic goal happened.
Assistance for the historic goal of Sergi Roberto
My first thought was not to be a hero, but to kick. But I saw two Barcelona players moving, which were Messi and Piqué. I had not seen Sergi Roberto. So much so that I play there for both. At the time, I thought it was Piqué who scored the goal. After that I saw Sergi Roberto coming in behind. Worse than in the game, I spoke to him (Sergi Roberto): “Enter the area that you will make the goal. Get in the area! ” Then he came in and scored.
Free kicks in Barcelona
I always have the urge to hit . But there is a hierarchy. Of course the respect is maximum for Leo (Messi). Whenever fouls happen, he’s the official scout. Sometimes, I approach for, if you have any chance or opportunity, be focused to hit. It hits and hits very well. I just wanna get the ball in.
Be the best in the world
I don’tt think of being the best in the world. It is not something I prioritize. Of course I have a very big dream of one day to win the Golden Ball, but this comes naturally. It does not matter (the team) where I am, who I am, whether it is the best team or not. And yes my state, my gift, my game inside the field. If I’m okay, things will happen. And I’m feeling very good here in Barcelona. I’m happy here. Every player likes to play alongside the good players, alongside the best ones. Here I stand beside the best.
If he wasn’t Neymar, who would he like to be?
I would like to be many. There’s one by my side here (Zico). I didn’t see him playing, but my father saw. I also saw videos of him (laughs). I really like Messi. Of the ones I saw playing, he’s the best.
New generation of stars
I really like Griezmann, an excellent player. Gabriel Jesus, despite his age. I have a great affection for him, I’m very fond of how he plays. We played the Olympics together, in the Seleção too. He is a boy of great potential. I think this is what is going to get there around the world. And Dybala is the famous Argentine player. If you leave him alone, he will use it. On Wednesday, we can not make space. As they (Juventus) do not do with us, they do not give us space. The same thing.
Does Luis Enrique scold the team for crying?
No … I think it’s the game. It’s more about the timing, the player’s feeling. You have to feel, if you see that it’s not happening the way you want it, you have to change. That change of pressure. If they are pushing us, give a “bicão”. It is not ugly no. It is a pro football game that is a championship game. It’s ball forward and we’ll press there. But it’s the philosophy here, always was. To leave playing, to get the pass, to seek to play football. Only they are pressing us and we have to really look for another way out.
Supposedly there was 20 minutes reprimand that Luis Enrique gave Neymar, Mascherano and Pique
It was five, only (laughs). No, just kidding. There was no scolding for each player. It was the team. We played a bad game, the whole team. Everyone took it hard. It was not just a player. It was not directed at anyone.
2015 Champions League Final
The dream, I dreamed about. Of course I imagined it. But sometimes, in our life, things happen better than you think. He closed with a flourish the game, the championship. It was one of the best moments of my life. Where I exploded, I went there where my family and my friends were. I think it was all wonderful, yes.
Buffon is the best goalkeeper you’ve ever faced?
I think so. I think Buffon is the best I’ve ever faced. I have a goal against him. Not only one, I made another in Brazil (in the Confederations Cup 2013).
Champions 2015 Libertadores 2011 or 2016 Olympics?
In Maracanã. The penalty (of the final of the Olympic Games of 2016). The walk to the ball is … Oh my God. It’s the worst thing in life. It had to be closer. It had to be closer. You get the ball and it’s okay. It’s awful. Is very far. The walk … Look at the goal too small and the goalkeeper … My God from heaven. And I would say, “Where am I going to kick this ball?” Then I got the ball, positioned it, everything with my head down. Soon I looked and I saw the goal very big and the goalkeeper very small. It was supernatural. I said: “Wow!” Then it relaxed me. I thought, “You’re ready for this, you trained for it.” That’s where I was calm, I relaxed and managed to move the goalkeeper. It was not normal, because he never had a penalty like that. It was always something quicker than normal. But at that moment, that happened.
Do you consider Brazil a favorite for the World Cup?
I consider. Brazil has always been favorite in any competition that enters, by the level of players it has. And we, over the years, of all the years that I’ve been in the national team, always had good players and a good cast. But we could not find an identity, a way of playing, a Brazilian philosophy. And now, we did it. We were able to fit in. Despite having some rotations, you see that does not change the scheme, the way to play. It’s always the same thing. So, I think Tite was able to enforce this in the National Team.
Why did the Seleção change so much from Dunga to Tite?
I don’t know. I don’tt think Dunga is bad as a coach. On the contrary, I am very proud to have worked with him. A great person, always been very good to me. I don’tt know either, what happened about Tite having changed all that. I think it’s Tite’s merit to put confidence in every player, in every industry. To train a lot. I think it’s something different, yes. There is something different that attracts the attention of the players, and the player becomes more focused.
Is Tite on a level to be a Barcelona coach?
I think he (Tite) is on the level to be coach wherever he wants. I think it would indicate (Tite for Barcelona) yes.
Who will be the next coach of Barcelona?
I don’tt know, nobody knows yet. Simeone is a great coach. I think for big coaches, it doesn’t matter what team he goes to.
Tite in the Brazilian Team
Tite gives a lot of confidence to the players. He treats everyone the same. You don’t have any holders, you do not have any reservations. Treat everyone the same. There is no training of the starting team and the reserve team. He makes the second team train the same way as the first. Because you have a moment that you will need. During the game or when someone is suspended.
100% of the national team
No one expected. We did not expect it, but we trusted our team a lot because it is a very good team. We knew that if it fitted, it would be difficult to stop the Brazilian Team. Thank God everything worked out. I hope we remain undefeated for many years (laughs).
Being “the guy”
Sometimes yes sometimes no. I don’t like feel this way (“the guy”). I know my potential, I know what I can do for the Brazilian national team, and I’m pretty much the “guy” of the national team. But I do not like putting myself in this situation. I think it’s bad. It makes a difference, when you have quality players and are the team’s stars. You see by the crowd, to scream name and when you enter the field. I feel it. In Santos, I felt this a lot, because it was practically the same. And in Barcelona too. So I feel like “the guy”, it goes (laughs).
Against whom do you want to play the final of the 2018 World Cup?
Who do I want against? I want to be in the final, I don’t know against who. Let me see a selection … Germany! You’re in! But we’re going to play against them now, right? No matter (if is friendly), you have to win! I don’t even want to go to Argentina. It leaves Germany and Argentina in the semifinal and it’s all right.
Exaggerated charges and Chapecoense tragedy
It’s not even a matter of taking a break from social media. These charges … It’s bad to talk about tragedy (Chapecoense accident). It is very easy for you to come and speak “my feelings” for such a thing. It takes the place of families and children. Cleber Santana’s son and the Kempes son sent me a message, and I sent them a video. Even before posting anything. But nobody talks about it, either. Nobody knows what’s going on. So I do not like, in a tragedy, to come and talk. Because I put myself in the person’s place. “My feelings? OK thanks”. But I put myself in place. It’s complicated for you to be in this situation.
Football or Counter-Strike?
I’m better, I’m leveling up in CS. But my thing is football.
Expulsion against Malaga
It was my mistake. I do not mean by the red card, the second. Because it was a very fast move, and I ended up going very hard. There it was. I was wrong later. Then it was a mistake, but now I can think. There, not at the moment. I took a card because I’m going to tie the boot, losing the game with 15 minutes.