This past weekend, controversy surrounded Neymar after he was spotted at Romario‘s 58th birthday party. The 31-year-old received a lot of criticism for his physical appearance, with those who saw the pictures calling him fat.
On 17 October, the Brazilian attacker suffered an injury while playing for his current Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal, rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left leg, which has prevented him from training or playing football ever since.
Injuries have not been kind to the former Santos starlet throughout the back end of his career, and it has been calculated that Neymar has missed around 424 days of action since 2020 due to injury,
After the latest ailment, Rodrigo Lasmar, Brazil’s national team doctor, assured that the Brazilian star would not be able to return to the field of play until the start of the 2024-2025 season.
How has Neymar responded to weight jibes?
On social media, many photographs were published, some of them fake, showing the striker sporting a much wider frame than normal. Neymar himself has come out to rebuff claims that he is ‘fat’, sending a strong message to those who have criticized him.
“Training today finished. I’ve put on beauty weight. But fat? No, I guess not. Suck it haters,” Neymar can be heard saying in a story posted on his Instagram, as he lifts up his shirt.
“Suck it haters, suck it or get scared”.
A controversy that has grown even bigger after the photograph that Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently plays in the same league as Neymar, but for Al Nassr, posted on his Instagram account, showing himself shirtless, revealing the incredible physical condition he is in. All this as he is about to turn 39, eight years older than Neymar, on February 5, which has led to great comparisons between the two stars, focusing on the huge age difference.