Former Brazil international and Manager, Leonardo has again criticized Barcelona and Brazil star, Neymar, saying he doubt if the player has the maturity required to be the leader of the national team.
The 23-year-old was made captain of Dunga’s side following the disastrous World Cup of 2014, but was criticised for allowing his emotions to get the better of him at this summer’s Copa America.
Neymar was sent off following the group stage defeat to Colombia after headbutting Jeison Murillo and was consequently handed a four-match ban, which ruled him out of the rest of the tournament.
Leonardo – who has previously been very critical of the Barcelona forward – has now repeated his concerns over the player’s temperament.
He told SporTV: “Neymar is a great player, but he doesn’t have the maturity to lead Brazil and take the team by his hand.”
Leonardo did, however, point to the former Santos star’s improvement since leaving his homeland for Barcelona in the summer of 2013: “I criticised him a lot when he played in Brazil.
“He took the ball and only wanted to dribble with it and make the difference. Today, he can also play without the ball. I didn’t think he could do that – it is a question of mentality.
“Previously he didn’t take free-kicks. Now, he’s a big threat from set-pieces. There are a multitude of things a great player can improve on.”
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