The defender dismissed concerns over the temperament of his PSG and Brazil colleague, insisting the greats will always divide opinion
Marquinhos has spoken out in defence of criticism faced by his PSG and Brazil team-mate Neymar, insisting it’s impossible to please everyone.
The world’s most expensive footballer, Neymar has remained in the headlines since his high-profile switch from Barcelona to the French capital this year, and has faced accusations he has become a divisive figure at PSG.
A high-profile spat with team-mate Edinson Cavani over the taking of a penalty made headlines around the world, but Marquinhos has dismissed concerns over Neymar’s temperament.
"For everything Neymar has been doing on the pitch, whoever thinks he's not [performing as expected] must be watching another game. He's a different player, a star, someone who instantly becomes a target for other players, for the press and fans,” said Marquinhos.
"Just like all the other great players, [opinion] will never be unanimous. There will always be those who do not like him, and others who admire him.
“It’s important is to have character… Neymar has a good head on his shoulders, is very important for Brazil and we are all trying to help with his adaptation in Paris.
“I believe he has already adapted to the city and the club. He came to get titles and is a big player. You can’t please everyone in life, which is especially true for great stars.”
Marquinhos was joined at Parc des Princes by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, who said he and Manchester City’s Ederson were giving coach Tite a real selection headache.
"Tite has a big problem,” Alisson chuckled, who was left out of October’s qualifier for Chile to hand Ederson his international debut.
“I believe that the way he has been doing it is right, playing those he believes he should, conducting tests.
“It is also important to maintain a backbone, a base. But experiments are valid. Everyone, when they get to the Cup, must be ready regardless of whether they have been playing or not.”
Brazil meet Japan in Lille on Friday before the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour jets into London for a clash with England at Wembley on Tuesday.