Neymar: Former Ballon d'Or winner 'understands' PSG superstar anger and discusses future prospects

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Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has been backed by a former Ballon d'Or winner to overcome his recent controversies.
 
The world-record transfer holder faces a lengthy suspension after appearing to punch a supporter while leaving the pitch after PSG's penalty shootout loss to Stade Rennes in the final of the Coupe de France last Saturday.
 
But Portugal legend Luis Figo has sought to sympathise with the Brazil superstar, offering a perspective from the footballer's side.
 
"As a player, I can understand Neymar. But I think it's a reaction that has to be repudiated," Figo told journalists during a promotional event in Rio de Janeiro, as per Xinhua.
 
"I understand that after an important game where you lose a title, you're upset. And you can lose your head due to provocation. It's something that should not have happened, but I understand how the situation could have led him to react like that.
 
Figo added: "It's not a defense, but an understanding of something that should not have happened. He may have acted without thinking. But he'll learn from his mistakes and hopefully it won't happen again."
 
Neymar has already been banned for the first three group matches of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League campaign for insulting an official after their shock quarter-final defeat to Manchester United in March.
 
And despite the recent media critcisim, Figo, who won the 2000 Ballon d'Or believes the former FC Barcelona forward still has the potential to overcome the setbacks and lift the most coveted individual honour in European football.
 
"He has great quality but has had two [foot] injuries that have impacted him in recent years. Neymar is one of the best players out there. He can win any individual title. But individual titles come with team success."