The Brazilian star admitted that he thought about ending his career at some point of his life.
, talked about the time when he was thinking about retiring from football before becoming one of the best players in the world. The Brazilian told
about the criticism he had to deal with over the years, saying:
"I will never lose the passion for football, but I have had moments that I did want to stop playing. Once, I reached a point of asking myself why I should keep playing if they do not like it."
"I used to go home hot-headed and then remembered everything I’ve done to get me here. The love I have for football and all those things just calmed me down and brought me back to reality.”
"I have never felt pressure. Quite the contrary, I am a person that can easily manage pressure; being the No. 10 of Brazil’s national team, the No. 10 at PSG and just being Neymar.”
"I am a very brave person, my greatest virtue is my courage. It’s hard to say what people may see in me now, though.”
"When I was a kid, it was easy. I was always that boy who was above average in every age group, I always played in the top categories and this made me popular in the city of Santos. It was easier back then. But, now? It’s hard to answer because today I believe I have become an idol, an icon in football.”
"Now, I am alongside the best players in the world, I am very proud to be here and also very proud to be treated as an idol, to be honoured by everything I have done on the pitch. I just hope to continue to bring joy to football."
"I think social media is one area where many people can come and take part of your life, by judging you, hating and envying you. That’s why I never take people’s comments seriously. I don’t like reading things that are not cool, things that are not necessary.”
"But, there are people around me, my friends, family and teammates, who end up reading these comments and get upset. The world is very sensitive for that reason. It is very easy for people to talk about your personal life without really knowing you.”
"But, I always tell people, there’s only one way to live. Enjoy life! Be happy! That’s it."