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Copa America: Neymar Slams Brazil Fans for Backing Argentina & Lionel Messi to win in the Final

Arjun Singh Devgan
Neymar will look to lead Brazil to their second consecutive Copa America title when they face Argentina in the final on Sunday, 11 July
Neymar will look to lead Brazil to their second consecutive Copa America title when they face Argentina in the final on Sunday, 11 July / Buda Mendes/Getty Images
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Brazil superstar, Neymar has hit out at his fellow countrymen who are backing rivals, Argentina to win the upcoming 2021 Copa America final at the Maracana, only because they support footballing legend, Lionel Messi.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a crisis in Brazil, who decided to host the tournament despite the situation in the country and this has been one of the major reasons why the Brazilian supporters have shown a lack of interest this time around.

Brazilian SporTV journalist, Fabiola Andrade is one of those fans who has been very vocal in his support of Argentina in the final.

"Before stoning me in a public square, let me explain: I love Brazil, Brazilian football...I have several Argentine friends. But I'm not going to root for Argentina in the Copa America final because of them, no. I cheer because I love #football and @leomessi This guy needs to win a title with his country's shirt! For justice!." Andrade explained her stance in a post on Instagram.

Neymar for his part is not too happy with the support shown by some percentage of the Brazilian public towards Argentina, revealing that he is shocked at even the thought that they would consider supporting their eternal rivals.

"I am 'Brazilian with a lot of pride and with a lot of love. My dream was always to be in the Brazilian team and hear the fans singing. I never attacked nor would I ever attack Brazil if they are playing for something, whatever the sport, a model [beauty] contest, the Oscar......... I am Brazil, and who is Brazilian and does it differently?"

"OK, I'll respect [that], but go to ---," using an expletive word to finish the sentence.

Brazil who are the defending champions are looking to win their sixth Copa title since 1997 while Argentina have not lifted the title since 1993.

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