Gilberto Silva is the player for Brazil and the former World Cup winner. Recently, he has called for more personal growth and maturity on the part of Neymar. He said this after he was handed the armband of captain by coach Tite before friendly international match against USA. The national team of Brazilian had the policy that keeps rotating the captains, and after the exit from the quarter-final of the World Cup in Russia, the captainship duty was handed over to the Neymar the superstar forward by Tite in USA.
Silva the ex-Arsenal skipper said “I think they want to protect Neymar. And they want to protect him more because of the criticism he has received during the World Cup time.” He added that “Additionally, he has a bigger responsibility towards the team that he represents as well as in the world of football. “For him, the captaincy is to understand the responsibility as something like personal growth and positivity.”
Moldova coach Alexandru Spiridon is of the opinion that PSG will be able to overturn a first leg deficit against Real Madrid and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. PSG suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss in the first leg. It was a surprising result considering that the French club had one objective of winning the Champions League this season. Meanwhile, they were expected to take full advantage of Real Madrid and their struggles when it comes to defending at the back. Things appear to go as planned when PSG took the lead in the game but a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired performance from Real Madrid produced a home win.
Despite the 3-1 advantage,Spiridon thinks that PSG will not be down and out when it comes to the second leg. One of the biggest disadvantages for the French club will be the absence of Neymar, who is unavailable for the next few months due to a major injury. The former Barcelona superstar is undoubtedly the biggest creative talent at PSG. Even though Edinson Cavani is capable of scoring goals, Neymar is a player who will be able to create something out of nothing – a key attribute insert big matches.
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus believes the form of Brazilian compatriot Roberto Firmino is a good sign ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Jesus has been the preferred pick for the centre-forward position for Brazil ahead of Firmino but the 21-year-old only wishes well for the Liverpool star.
Speaking in an interview, he said: “In fact, this is good for me, for Firmino and for the national team. Then there’s no way to cheer against a teammate. Of course, I’m going to cheer against his team, but never against him. I’m happy with his season, with everything he’s been doing. It makes me happy and gives me more strength to keep working and improving.I pray for of him and I hope he realises all his dreams. I hope that he arrives very well, very strong to compete in the World Cup. This will help him, me and the national team.” Read More
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is confident that compatriot Neymar will return to full fitness ahead of the summer World Cup finals in Russia. The 20-year-old combined with Neymar in the attack during their qualification phase to the global tournament, and he is backing his international compatriot to make a complete recovery prior to June.
In a report covered by Sky Sports News, he said: “Neymar sent me a message right after his injury. I told him how I felt and how my recovery was. He is a fighter and everything is going to be fine. When you are in the game, without wanting it, you end up thinking about the previous game where you got injured, you have a bit of fear.”
Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivet expressed his pleasure at the opportunity of playing alongside Robinho at Turkish club Sivasspor. The 27-year-old had been of interest to the likes of Montpellier and Troyes from Ligue 1, but he opted to pursue a fresh challenge in Turkey with Sivasspor on loan.
The Super Lig outfit are said to have agreed on a clause in the Senegalese’s contract, which could potentially make his contract permanent at the end of the season. In a report covered by Fotomac, he said: “This is the first time I have been to Turkey. I am very happy. For me Robinho is a brilliant player. I am pleased to have a chance to play alongside him. I want our fans to support us and hopefully I can play good in the future.”
Brazil international Robinho has been found guilty of taking part in a gang rape of a woman whilst he was still playing for AC Milan in 2013. The 33-year-old alongside five other Brazilians have been sentenced to nine years in jail after they assaulted an Albanian woman under the influence of alcohol in a nightclub. Robinho, who has exactly 100 caps for his national side, did not appear in court for the ruling, but he has pleaded his innocence via his lawyer. As a result, the sentence is likely to be put on hold until the process of the appeal is finalised.
Meanwhile, a post on Robinho’s Instagram page said that he had already defended himself and all actions are being taken to resolve the situation, the statement read: “On the news involving the forward Robinho, relating to events of a few years ago, we would like to clarify that he already defended himself from the accusations, saying he had no involvement with the episode.”