Lustig: Neymar’s Antics Will Not Let Him Reach Messi’s Level

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Celtic defender, Nikael Lustig believes Neymar’s dramatics on the field of play, will prevent him from being loved like Messi.

Neymar left Barcelona in a bid to leave Messi’s shadow and make a name for himself at another club, joining PSG for a whooping €222 million.

Lustig is not doubting how good a player the Brazil international is, but warns against his antics depriving him of the status he wants.

After seeing Neymar booked for diving in a Champions League clash at Parkhead on Tuesday, Lustig said: “It was the same as usual from Neymar. He is an unbelievable footballer but we have seen the other stuff before and we will see it again.

“I have said before that it’s part of his game. He tries to over-react a bit to make the defender step off. We will see it again and again.

“If he wants to be liked as much as Messi, maybe he needs to stop that.”



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