Following the intense criticism he received for his World Cup theatrics, Neymar has admitted to "sometimes" overreacting in a new TV commercial sponsored by Gillette.
The Brazil and PSG star appeared to exaggerate his reaction to several tackles during the tournament in Russia. He was particularly targeted for his performance against Mexico when he was seen rolling around after defender Miguel Layun stood on him.
Layun managed to escape punishment for the challenge but Neymar's reaction was deemed excessive.
"You may think I overreact, and sometimes I do," Neymar said in the short advert which carries English subtitles.
"But for real? I suffer in the pitch. But you have no idea what I go through outside of it.
"When I act like a brat, it's not because I'm a spoiled child but because I still have not learned to deal with my frustrations."
The PSG forward asked that people show some compassion towards him in the future.
Eu caí. Mas só quem cai, pode se levantar. Você pode continuar jogando pedra. Ou pode jogar essas pedras fora e me ajudar a ficar de pé. Porque quando eu fico de pé, parça, o Brasil inteiro levanta comigo.#umnovohomemtododia— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) July 30, 2018
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"There's still a boy inside of me. Sometimes it dazzles the world. Other times, it pisses everyone off. And my fight is to keep this boy alive but inside of me, not inside the field.
"You may think I've fallen too much but the reality is I did not fall, I crumbled. And that hurts more than anyone stepping on your post-op ankle.
"I took time to accept your criticism. I took the time to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man. But now I'm here with my heart wide open. I fell over. But only those who fail, can get up. You can keep throwing rocks at me or you can throw your rocks away and help me get up.
"Because when I get up, buddy, the whole country gets up with me."