‘Criticism is normal. I’m my biggest critic ‘: Neymar shrugs off skeptics after Brazil star helped spark PSG’s dramatic comeback over Lille
Neymar admitted that he is their biggest critic and praised Paris Saint-Germain for “fighting to the end” when the Ligue 1 giants came back to beat defending champion Lille 2-1.
The victory allowed PSG to open a 10-point gap over second-place Lens at the top of Ligue 1 after 12 matches, despite having played one more match.
The Parisians, however, did not get away with it on Friday night as Lille stunned Parc des Princes when Jonathan David scored with half an hour to go.
Neymar praised PSG’s fighting spirit after his team came back to beat Lille 2-1
Playing without Kylian Mbappé, who missed the game due to an infection, it was Angel di Maria’s turn to come to the rescue.
The Argentine set up the draw for Marquinhos with 15 minutes to go, before scoring the winning goal with two minutes remaining.
“It was a very difficult match,” Neymar told Amazon Prime Video after the match, RMC Sport reported.
‘We had a good team ahead of us. We fight to the end, we score. Well done everyone, I’m happy. ‘
Angel di Maria scored a goal in the 88th minute as PSG beat Lille 2-1 on Friday night
Neymar prepared the Argentine’s goal with a sumptuous assist when PSG came back
The Brazilian, who set up Di María’s goal and played a decisive role in turning the tide of the second half, then addressed some of the criticism he has received.
The 29-year-old, who joined PSG for £ 198 million in 2017, has often been accused of being more interested in partying than football, but insisted he was not bothered by his detractors.
“The criticisms are normal,” Neymar said.
Neymar (pictured partying in Paris in early October with Kylian Mbappé, center, on the birthday of French model Cindy Bruna, right) responded to claims that he is a partygoer.
“I’ve been playing professional football for 15 years and I don’t care. I am my biggest critic. They don’t know what happens, what we do.
The only negative on an almost perfect night for PSG was the injury to Lionel Messi, which forced Mauricio Pochettino to replace him at halftime.
The former Barcelona star will have to undergo scans to determine the extent of his injury, but Pochettino said he was hopeful the problem wasn’t too serious.
Lionel Messi was retired at halftime of PSG’s 2-1 win over Lille with a muscle injury
Mauricio Pochettino said the extent of Messi’s injury has yet to be determined.
“We have to wait,” Pochettino said.
‘We were with the doctors at halftime, it’s a precaution, he couldn’t continue. We hope it’s not a big deal. ‘
The injury is the latest setback for Messi’s debut campaign in Ligue 1, which has so far been relatively disappointing.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored three goals in the Champions League, but has yet to open his Ligue 1 account in five national starts.