Neymar blasted for 'arrogant' photo troll at FIFA World Cup

Neymar (pictured right) during training and (pictured left) Brazil's football crest.
Brazil's Neymar copped heat from a German newspaper after he added an extra star to his nation's crest in a social media post ahead of the FIFA World Cup. (Images: Instagram/Getty Images)

Neymar Jr. has sparked backlash after posting a photo of the Brazil logo with six stars in a photo in a defiant suggestion his nation will lift the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The PSG forward has entered the FIFA World Cup with a very strong Brazil team with the nation expected to go deep into the tournament.

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Neymar has always faced a lot of pressure to deliver the World Cup to the football-tragic nation and took the mantle from Ronaldo and Ronaldihno as the country's premier player. However, Brazil's 2022 star-studded squad could finally deliver the World Cup trophy for the first time in two decades.

And Neymar clearly believes the hype himself. Only days out before Brazil's opening match against Serbia, Neymar posted a photo of the Brazil logo on his pants with six stars above the crest (one added on social media).

The stars represent how many titles Brazil have won. However, Brazil have only won five titles. Neymar's suggestion that Brazil were already on the path to glory certainly caused a stir.

Neymar (pictured) greets youth players.
Neymar (pictured) has arrived in Qatar ahead of their opening World Cup match. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

German newspaper labelled Neymar's act as 'arrogance'. However, Richarlison defended his teammate and took exception to the German publication's dig at Neymar.

"We've been dreaming of this sixth title for a while now," he said during a press conference. "And we're going to go for it, whether people want us to or not."

Neymar has often been the target of headlines or copped the criticism when things haven't gone well for club or country, but it appears rival nation's have also taken exception to his moves. While it remains to be seen whether Brazil are able to lift the World Cup, the World No.1 team are expected to open with a bang against dangerous opponents Serbia on Friday 6am (AEST).

Neymar jokes with Messi ahead of FIFA World Cup

Neymar recently said he has been joking with his PSG teammate, Lionel Messi, ahead of the World Cup that Brazil will defeat Argentina. Teammates at club level, both brazil and Argentina are predicted to go far in Qatar.

However, if both finish top of the group, they could meet in the semi-final. Regardless, Neymar has been joking with Messi that he hopes Brazil are able to defeat their greatest rivals in the World Cup.

"Sometimes we talked about the possibility of meeting in the semi-finals or in the final. I tell Messi that I'm going to be champion and I'll beat him," he said.

Neymar, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will all most likely be playing their final World Cup tournament.

All eyes are on the global superstars to see which one of them have the chance of lifting an elusive World Cup trophy. Messi's Argentina have an easy-looking start to the World Cup based on blistering recent form and opponents Saudi Arabia's history of drubbings in tournament openers.

The South Americans are on a 36-match unbeaten run with top scorer and captain Messi is in search of the elusive honour that would grant him immortality at home alongside Diego Maradona.

"I see him as always ... eager to enjoy the World Cup," said head coach Lionel Scaloni, trying to ease some of the pressure on his main man. "He's enjoying his team mates, training sessions, the stay and the whole process."

Saudi Arabia are ranked 48 places lower than Argentina, lost to Venezuela, Colombia and Croatia in a mixed bag of friendlies, and have a dismal record at opening games including losing 5-0 to Russia in 2018 and 8-0 to Germany in 2002.

with AAP

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