‘This Neymar fella is massively overrated. Not in the same street as Messi or Ronaldo.
‘I wouldn’t pay the £40-50 million there asking for Neymar. Not a chance. #showpony.’
After the match, the reporters told him about Barton's comments and he responded:
‘I don’t know who he is. I just have to keep doing my job for the Selecao.
‘It did not go as I had expected or wanted. I would have liked to help the team more, but today was not my day. Next time.’
To which Joseph responded:
‘Looks like Neymar wasn’t happy with what I said about him. Just that I read and saw all this hype about him and expected something more…,’ said Barton.
‘Football is a game of opinions. If you don’t like that, this is not the game for you. I don’t get how people accept journalists calling out players for performance or attitude but when another player does, its deemed incorrect or not in the spirit of the game. It’s perverse.
Then he threw out this gem:
‘Neymar was playing after all against Cahill and Smalling, no disrespect to them but their not exactly Baresi and Beckenbuer and he never got a kick. I just refuse to believe the hype.#showpony’
When Piers Morgan told Barton that Neymar was just saying that he didn't know who he was, Barton once again responded: Image: http://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/barton.jpg?w=520#038;h=95
This post was edited on 2/7 at 2:35 pm