Thiago Silva on Monday criticized Neymar for failing to approach him after the 22-year-old was named Brazil’s new captain. According to AFP, Silva was “upset” to lose the captain’s armband to Neymar without receiving an explanation from either the Barcelona star or head coach Dunga.
"He (Neymar) didn't come to talk to me. Nobody talked to me about it. It happened without explanation. That's what upset me," Silva said, before adding: "I consider Neymar like a brother and that's not going to change because of an armband."
Neymar, meanwhile, said he was “surprised” by his teammates comments: "I told him along with all the players that we have to be careful what we say,” he said. “[Silva] phoned me to discuss things and it's not going to call our friendship into question. I told him that I didn't have to comment on that while I'm now the captain. I don't have to talk about it. It's a question of hierarchy like in a club. Everything is resolved now. For me to be captain is not a goal in itself. I don't want to be it (captain) at any price. But now that I've been chosen, I'll try to carry out this responsibility in the best possible way."
Silva later said he has since cleared the air with both Neymar and Dunga.