Barcelona’s Brazilian star Neymar could see his place in his national team setup downgraded, with reports in his home country claiming that the 24-year-old could be stripped of the captaincy after a series of poor decisions.
The Brazilian Football Confederation is said to have been irritated by his booking against Uruguay recently, which saw him suspended for the next World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay – which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Reports from O Globo said that the booking was just the latest in a string of ‘offences’ by the Barcelona star, with the CBF also unhappy that he chose to leave the squad and return to his club early after his suspension was confirmed.
A lack of discipline also saw Neymar sent off and banned for four games during the summer’s Copa America tournament after he kicked a ball at a Colombian player in frustration following the final whistle, before appearing to headbutt another and reportedly showering the referee with abuse.
He also left the squad after his suspension was confirmed on that occasion, leaving the team he had been charged with leading as they crashed out on penalties to Paraguay at the quarter-final stage.
Domestically, Neymar has been the subject of a number of transfer rumours of late. Paris Saint-Germain and a number of Premier League clubs hold a reported interest in bringing the Ballon d’Or shortlisted forward to their respective teams, but Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu put an end to the speculation recently, saying: “If someone wants to negotiate with Neymar, we will not give them permission. Neymar will stay at Barcelona.”