Following Brazil’s disappointing World Cup exit, Neymar thanked manager Tite for his resignation.
WHAT Happend? While Tite and his team had been doing so well – after all, they had danced their way past South Korea in the last 16 – things quickly turned sour for the Selecao. Indeed, they were eliminated in the next round, losing on penalties to Croatia, and their manager resigned as a result.
WHAT THEY SAID: In an emotional open letter shared on Instagram, Neymar thanked Tite.
He stated: “We played a lot against each other before we met in person, and can I tell you? I thought you were extremely irritating! Because you assembled a team to tag me, you would go to any length to defeat me, and you still spoke ill of me. But isn’t fate amusing?
“I knew you as a coach and knew you were very good, but you are MUCH BETTER as a person! You’ve met me and know who I am, and that’s all that matters….
“I’ve come to openly thank you for everything, for all the lessons you’ve taught us… and there have been many. I’ll always think of you as one of the best coaches I’ve ever had or will ever have.”
PLUS, the PSG superstar expressed his belief that Tite deserved to win the World Cup.
“We had beautiful moments, but we also had painful moments, and the latter will haunt us for a long time.” “You deserved to be awarded this cup,” he added. “We all deserved it for everything we did and everything we sacrificed to achieve our greatest dream.” But God had other plans, patience. God has provided us with EVERYTHING!
“Thank you, Professor Tite, for all of the lessons… and if there is one phrase I will never forget, it is “MENTALLY STRONG,” and we will need to be VERY at this moment!” Thank you very much.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: While the duo did not win the World Cup together, they did taste international success in 2019 when they won the Copa America. With Neymar now 30 years old, this was his final chance to win football’s most prestigious prize while still in his prime. He may even retire from the international stage entirely.
WHAT COMES NEXT FOR BRAZIL? It is unknown who will be Neymar’s next international manager, though Pep Guardiola is said to have recently declined an approach.