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.
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.