Santos starlet Neymar admitted that he felt guilty for his part in the dismissal of former boss Dorival Junior, and revealed that he wanted to give his ex-mentor "a big hug" by way of apology.
Speaking to Globoesporte, the 18-year-old reflected on his spree of unruly behaviour around a month ago, which culminated in an ugly on-pitch confrontation with Dorival and led to the coach being fired by directors siding with their most valuable asset.
"It weighs very heavily on my conscience that Dorival has gone. For eight months he was practically my father. He cared for me, he gave me the chance to play and he gave me great joy. I liked Dorival a lot," the striker confessed, in the frankest interview to date that he has given on the unsavoury incidents that led many to question his attitude.
Neymar went on to describe the shame it brought him and his family to see such behaviour.
"I was embarrassed (after the Atletico GO game). I was ashamed of coming home and seeing my mother cry, seeing my father cry - it was very tough."
"[My mother] told me that I was not her son, that I was not the boy she had raised. She wanted the real Neymar back, she wanted Juninho back as I am called at home," the player continued.
And closing the interview Neymar had just one answer when asked what he would do if he met Dorival Junior again.
"I would give him a big hug, and that's exactly what I intend to do," the youngster concluded.