Barcelona forward Neymar expressed his pride at having played a part in a league-winning campaign but lamented the quality of his contribution to it.
The Brazilian’s lack of form was, in the eyes of some critical pundits, one of the chief culprits for the champions’ poor run of results during April and March, a period which saw them surrender a 10-point lead and drop out of the Champions League.
Now, following his side’s timely return to form and subsequent victory in the Primera Division title chase, Neymar agrees that he had higher expectations for his performances this season.
“This hasn’t been my best season,” he told Globo Esporte. “I always like to surpass my statistics and records. I always want to better myself every day.
“Still, I’m proud of the League title that we’ve won, not only for my performances but those of the entire team. I have to congratulate my teammates as it was hard work.
“We had to work hard for the title because it was a difficult campaign. In the end, we got our rewards.”
Neymar during the title parade pic.twitter.com/Raq8fkwnAR
— Neymar Stuff (@NeymarStuff) May 17, 2016
Neymar also expressed his admiration for 40-goal Barca hero Luis Suarez, who came to the 24-year-old’s defence soon after the media started heaping blame on the young player for Barca’s poor results.
“[Luis Suarez] is a great player. He’s not just a goalscorer but also a playmaker,” he said. “Besides being a good teammate, he’s a great friend and I’m so happy for him.
“We must always try to help him the best we can so he wins the Pichichi each season.
“The most important facet of our success is our team spirit and the happiness we feel when we help each other.”