Brazil sealed a resounding 4 – 1 victory in their Round of 16 tie with South Korea on Monday evening with Neymar’s goal moving him to within one of Pele’s all-time record for Brazil.
However, Graeme Souness criticized Neymar for his “showboating” in Brazil’s 4-1 win over South Korea, emphasizing a desire to see him do more.
“I want to see more from him” Souness told ITV Sport.
“He’s got incredible ability. He was heir apparent to the throne of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but he’s not picked the baton up for me”.
“I’m not sitting saying he isn’t an incredibly talented man. There are things about him that are easy on the eye”.
“I just find it frustrating when things are going well for him, he wants to show how clever he is all the time and make it look very easy for him”.
“I’m not being a killjoy because some of the football was fabulous, but I’m thinking – and Roy Keane would be the exact same if he was out there – you would’ve emptied him tonight. Some of his antics with his showboating”.
“But he is great on the eye for some people.”
The 30-year-old was making his second appearance at the World Cup after missing previous two matches through injury.
Brazil will play Croatia in the next round of the competition as they search for their sixth world title.