ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar has expressed displeasure to some Brazilian fans supporting Lionel Messi and Argentina in the Copa America final vs. Brazil on July 10 in Rio de Janeiro.
In his Instagram account, Neymar chided those people backing Argentina saying as a Brazilian he always makes it a point to support Brazil at all times.
“I am ‘Brazilian with a lot of pride and with a lot of love. My dream was always to be on the Brazilian team and hear the fans singing. I never attacked nor would I ever attack Brazil if they are playing for something, whatever the sport, a model [beauty] contest, the Oscar……… I am Brazil, and who is Brazilian and does it differently?” Neymar said.
Aside from Neymar, Brazil defender Marquinhos also called on Brazilians to support Brazil and not Argentina in the Copa America final.
“It is difficult the situation because we see so many Brazilians, so many people in the press who are against and simply do not support the Brazilian team, who have no pleasure and pride in seeing the team, in rooting for us,” Marquinhos said.
The meeting between Brazil and Argentina is expected to be exciting since former FC Barcelona teammates Neymar of Brazil and Argentina striker Lionel Messi are set to face each other again in an international soccer competition.
Argentina got the last slot in the finals after they beat Colombia via penalty shoot-out 3-2 on Tuesday.
Brazil advance to the finals on Monday after beating Peru 1-0 in the semifinals in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil won their semifinals game after Lucas Paqueta scored for his team in the 35th minute.
Both Neymar and Messi are having a great Copa America tournament so far as Neymar scored two goals and had three assists, while Messi has four goals and four assists performance for his part.
Both Neymar and Messi are very focused on winning the Copa America trophy this year.
Messi has yet to win a major trophy since 1993 Copa America.