Neymar is not enjoying the best moment of his professional career. The Brazilian's performances at the World Cup in Russia have weakened the image he had in football. Now, the Paris Saint-Germain star is remembered for his diving and simulations, not his dribbling and his goals.
Another sign that his image is suffering, among players and coaches, as well as supporters, is the voting for FIFA's The Best. Neymar, who left Barça last summer to escape Lionel Messi's shadow, lead a team and win individual awards, didn't get a single vote to earn a place in the top three for The Best, an award for each season's best player. The prize is voted for by national team coaches, captains and journalists.
Not even the coaches or the players saw in Neymar a candidate to be among the top three best players in the world for last season. Not just because of the World Cup, either, but because of a frustrating debut season in Paris, which ended in February with an ankle injury. He missed the Champions League second leg against Real Madrid and only just recovered for Russia.