Souness the ‘killjoy’ urges Brazil star to cut ‘the antics and showboating’ to fulfil potential

Date published: Tuesday 6th December 2022 9:37 - Will Ford

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Graeme Souness is “not being a killjoy” (he is) but finds the “antics” of one Brazil star “frustrating”.

You’ve probably guessed already, but Souness’ gripe is with Neymar, who has “incredible talent” but rubs the ITV pundit up the wrong way.

Neymar returned to the Brazil starting XI after injury to play his part in the mauling of South Korea on Monday, scoring a penalty and assisting Vinicius Jr for the opening goal in their 4-1 win.

The Paris Saint-Germain star went within one of Brazil’s all-time record goalscorer Pele, with his penalty success moving him on to 76 goals for his nation.

But that’s not enough for Souness, who wants more, or rather less of some things, from “the apparent heir” to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Souness said: “I want to see more from him [Neymar], he has incredible talent.

“He was the apparent heir to Messi and Ronaldo but he hasn’t picked the baton up for me

“I’m not sitting here saying he isn’t an extremely talented man, but there is things about him easy on the eye, I just find it frustrating that when things are going well he likes to make it look like it is very easy for him.

“I am not being a killjoy because some of the football tonight was fabulous but I’m thinking, some of his antics and his showboating, great on the eye for some people.”

Souness also predictably didn’t enjoy the Brazil dancing on Monday, labelling it a “shambles” and stating his surprise that a South Korean hadn’t “gone through” one of them as a result.

Fellow grouch Roy Keane added: “I can’t believe what I’m watching. Obviously brilliant, brilliant by Brazil.

“Fantastic finish by Vinicius, great start to the game. But I’ve never seen so much dancing. It’s like watching Strictly. I can’t believe what I’m watching.”

Asked whether he deemed the Brazilian’s to be mickey-taking, Keane continued: “Yeah, I don’t like this.

“You can make a point about culture, but I think that’s really disrespecting the opposition. It’s 4-0 and they’re doing it every time. I don’t mind the first… jig, whatever they’re doing.

“But it’s the one after that, and then the manager getting involved in it. I’m not happy with it. I don’t think it’s good at all.”

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