I copied Beckham’s haircuts in childhood: Neymar

neymar and david beckhamBrazil international Neymar has revealed that former England midfielder David Beckham was his childhood hero, while also disclosing that he modelled his game and fashion sense on the former Manchester United player.

During his trophy-laden career, Beckham forged a reputation as a creator and scorer of brilliant goals while also establishing himself as a fashion icon.

In all these years whilst Beckham was in his pomp, Neymar was still a teenager who was dreaming of footballing stardom and idolising the former Real Madrid man.

‘I’m a big fan,’ the Neymar told Otro.

‘I remember when I was younger I always followed all types of players, all the big players.

‘I followed David because of the way he kicked the ball, because of the amazing passes he gave, because of his goals, because of his determination on the pitch. So, I always followed him.

‘For the person he is, the football he played, I think everything came from David.’

Recently, the Brazilian made headlines for sporting a new pink haircut as has established himself as a flamboyant individual on and off the pitch.neymar-hairstyle

The former Barcelona man says Beckham’s bravery in adopting different hairstyles and fashion trends had a lasting impact on him.

‘I copied quite a few of his haircuts,’ Neymar added.

‘Many, we model ourselves after him. I think he is one of the most stylish people in the world, so we need to copy him. We are not as handsome as him, but we try to copy him!

‘I think we needed to have a pioneer, someone who was brave enough to do this. I think the courage David has is a symbol of this. I am also criticised for getting a different haircut, or for wearing a different outfit. I think the criticism never ends.

‘But players like us, who are seen as a reference, like it or not, we are treated differently for wearing a more modern outfit. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it if it makes us feel good.

‘So I thank David for being the pioneer, for opening the doors to the fashion world.’

Neymar missed PSG’s victory over Lyon on Sunday with a rib injury and a return date has not yet been confirmed. He was also absent last season for PSG’s defeat by United.