Neymar used a sponsor’s ad to admit that he exaggerated some of his reactions after being fouled during the World Cup in Russia.
The video, published Sunday and broadcast on several Brazilian TV networks, features the soccer superstar accepting criticism for the first time and promising to pick himself up.
Since Brazil’s elimination, Neymar spoke about the defeat in Russia only via Instagram. In the ad, he tried to explain why he did not speak right after the Belgium game, which fostered even more criticism of his behavior at home.
“When I leave without giving interviews, it is not because I only want the victory laurels,” Neymar said. “It is because I still haven’t learned to disappoint you.
“When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to be frustrated.”
At his first public appearance after the World Cup, Neymar did not talk about his exaggerations. Instead, he claimed that he is the subject of double standards when he plays for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil.