Neymar could quit international football with Brazil if the country’s fans fail to show him respect, coach Rogerio Micale has suggested.
The Selecao are struggling on home soil at the Olympic Games at present, with two draws against South Africa and Iraq leaving the five-time world champions at risk of a shock early exit.
Barcelona forward Neymar bore the brunt of the supporters’ criticism after his side’s two goalless stalemates but Micale warned that the fans could end up driving their star player away from the national setup.
‘Neymar will one day become the best player in the world and we need to respect him,’ he said.
‘He is young and I know that sometimes he behaves in a way we might not agree with, but at his age wouldn’t we do the same things he does, having everything he has?