Brazilian striker Neymar countered criticism from Peruvian national defender Carlos Zambrano, who said the PSG player “was one of the best in the world, but a true clown”.
On social media, Neymar commented on a publication that echoed the statement by the Boca Juniors player and the Peruvian national team. “Don’t cry, buddy. Three hugs for him,” wrote the Brazilian.
Zambrano told Argentine TV America’s “La banda del Chino” program: “Honestly, he is a great player, one of the best in the world, but for me he is a real clown”.
The defender was sent off in the final minutes of the game at the National Stadium in Lima for hitting striker Richarlison with his arm. However, he considered that the PSG star “played” in the area repeatedly and, instead of being punished, penalties were scored in favor of the Brazilian team.
“It was Brazil and, at the touch [imediatamente] they went to look at the VAR. If the bid was for or against them, they only reviewed the images because it was Brazil, “he said, indicating that Chilean referee Julio Bascuñán did not use equal criteria for both teams.
A arbitration bothered Peruvians so much that even a petition was made against Bascuñán, and has more than 225,000 adherents.