Arsene Wenger says the problem with Neymar is he “does what he wants” and is therefore very difficult to control.
The former Arsenal boss was speaking following Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland, which they drew 1-1.
The world’s most expensive player was underwhelming on the night, but was targeted by the Swiss team and was fouled 10 times – the most for any player in a World Cup match since Alan Shearer was upended 11 times in 1998.
After the game Wenger reflected on the lack of leaders in the modern game, and explained how the superstardom of certain players is the reason for this.
“You don’t have natural captains anymore in the younger generation, I don’t know why,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.
“Maybe because every player is now a star. For example, Neymar is the superstar. This guy has 170million followers. Even if I am captain of Neymar, he’ll do what he wants.