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Sat Apr 19 04:16:16 SAST 2014

Neymar starting to crack under pressure

TEAMtalk Media | 12 September, 2012 10:390 Comments
Brazil's Neymar (C) fights for the ball with China's Miao Tang (R) during their international friendly in Recife September 10, 2012
Image by: MOWA PRESS/Handout / REUTERS

Neymar has had enough of being treated like a robot, the Brazil forward still smarting after being booed against South Africa on Friday.

The five-time world champions, who will stage the 2014 World Cup, laboured to a 1-0 friendly win over Bafana Bafana, with Hulk's 74th-minute effort deciding matters at the Morumbi Stadium.

Several of Brazil's players have all since expressed their dismay at being jeered by sections of the 50 000-strong crowd.

But Neymar, whose status as the heir apparent to maestros Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Pele took a knock in Sao Paulo, has revealed that the pressure may be getting too much for him.

The 20-year-old also failed to deliver for the national team at the Olympics, the Samba Kings having lost out to Mexico in the final despite the favourites tag.

"I felt sick because of what happened against South Africa. I am not a machine," Neymar was quoted as saying by Globo Esporte.

"I was exhausted after Friday's match, both physically and mentally.

"I just want to keep on playing and help Santos and the national team."

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