Neymar Vows Not To Change His Style In Defiant Instagram Video: ‘I Did Not Get Here Because Of My Name Or Haircut… I Got Here Because Of My Football’

Neymar has vowed not to change following criticism that his flamboyance too often overshadows his performances on the pitch.

Brazil kicked off their World Cup campaign with a frustrating 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Neymar and Co unable to break down a stubborn Swiss defence after Steven Zuber cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s opener.

The Paris Saint-Germain star sported a new haircut for the opening match in Russia and some media outlets were quick to claim the style was better than his display at the Rostov Arena.

Neymar shows his frustration following Brazil's draw with Switzerland on Sunday evening

And the 26-year-old has taken to Instagram to hit back at his critics with a defiant ‘I am what I am’ message.

‘I didn’t get here because I’m a nice guy,’ Neymar says to the camera in the advert for Nike Football.

‘I did not get here because my name is Neymar. I did not get here because of my haircut. I got here because of my football.

‘If my football brought me to where I am, if it made me conquer the things I did, then I don’t need to change.’

Neymar is currently on more hairstyles than games played with two different cuts after just one match in Russia.

He started the tournament with a dyed blonde semi-perm but will go into the next game with Costa Rica on Friday with the blond mop considerably trimmed.

According to the Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Neymar had his own person hairstylist flown into Rostov last weekend to come up with the cut he sported in Brazil’s opening draw with Switzerland.

Pre-tournament favourites Brazil, who sit second in Group E behind Serbia, continue their campaign against Costa Rica on Friday before facing the group leaders next Wednesday.


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