Paris Saint-Germain And Brazil Ace Neymar Admits He Once Considered Quitting Football
Neymar has admitted he once considered quitting football.
It's not quite clear at what point in his career the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil ace contemplated walking away from the game but in an interview with Giffer magazine, it seems that he'd had enough at one stage.
"Once I got to the point of wondering if I wanted to keep playing football, since people don't like it," he said.
"I went home one day with a hot head and then I began to remember everything I did to get here. The love that I have for football it calms me down and that brought me back to reality."
In the same article, Neymar insisted he was immune to pressure.
"I'm a person who easily handles pressure, that is why I am the 10th of the Brazilian team, PSG and I am simply Neymar," he said.
"I'm very grateful to represent teams like PSG and Brazil. I know I have to give 100 per cent when I play because that's what everyone expects."
Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona for a record-breaking £200m in 2017.
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The 28-year-old has been linked with a return to Barcelona but could now be set to extend his stay in France.
Neymar handed in a transfer request at PSG in July 2019, but it's understood he's ready to sign a new long-term contract to keep him at the Parc des Princes.
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Last month, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said the club were confident of agreeing contract extensions with both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Neymar also made it clear he is keen to remain in the French capital after scoring a hat-trick in PSG's final Champions League group stage game against Istanbul Basaksehir in December.
"I'm very happy here in Paris," he said. "I'm very happy at the club, with my team-mates. The idea of leaving has not crossed my mind.
"We need to talk. We have a very good relationship. I'm very happy and we will see what happens in the future."
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