Socceroo Thompson Makes Light Of Neymar 'Overrated' Barb

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Reuters
Australia's Archie Thompson has made light of his comment that Brazilian Neymar, who recently moved to Barcelona for $74 million, was overrated, putting the remark down to jetlag or mistranslation.

Brazil's Neymar kicks the ball during their international friendly soccer match against Argentina in Goiania

Australia's Archie Thompson has made light of his comment that Brazilian Neymar, who recently moved to Barcelona for $74 million, was overrated, putting the remark down to jetlag or mistranslation.

The Socceroos take on the 2014 World Cup hosts in a friendly in Brasilia on Saturday and Thompson livened up pre-match exchanges by saying he thought Neymar was overrated and his team mate Oscar was a better player.

Forward Neymar responded to the Melbourne Victory striker in a news conference with the withering question: "What's his name?", according to Brazilian media reports.

"It was the jetlag or the Brazilian reporter didn't understand my Portuguese," New Zealand-born Thompson quipped in a Tweet from Brasilia on Thursday.

Thompson has scored 28 goals in 53 internationals, a tally inflated by the world record 13 he scored when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in World Cup qualifying in 2001.