Writing on Instagram, Brazil and PSG forward Neymar has written a long message addressed to the now departed Brazil coach Tite after his team’s shock exit from the World Cup at the quarter-final stage.
Neymar explained that his first impressions of the coach weren’t good, saying: “Before we met in person, we played against each other many times and I thought you were very annoying! Because you put together a team to mark me, you did everything to beat me.”
However, the 30-year-old says he quickly grew to like Tite once they started working together: “I knew you as a coach and knew that you were very good, but as a person you are great! You know who I am and that’s what matters to me. I want to thank you openly for everything, all the teachings that you have given us – there were so many. You will always be one of the best coaches I’ve ever had or will ever have.”
The forward said Tite “deserved to triumph at this World Cup, we all deserved it for everything we did and for everything we gave trying to achieve our biggest dream. But God didn’t want it that way.”