Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, took the praise of Lionel Messi, and through this praise sent an indirect message to his country's most important player, Neymar.
The Brazilian president's message came in the wake of Messi's Ballon d'Or triumph, with da Silva wanting Brazil's athletes to follow the same approach as the Argentine star in his football career.
Graziano da Silva wrote on his official account on the X website: "Messi should be an example for Brazilian players, the 36-year-old man, a champion and a winner of the Ballon d'Or and everything. Messi should inspire dedication to these children."
Then came the speech, which many considered to be directed at Neymar, where he said: "Anyone who wants to win the Ballon d'Or must dedicate themselves to it, be a professional, not attend parties or spend their evenings abroad."
Neymar is famous for his many evenings and parties, and he also plays gambling exaggeratedly, all of which have had an impact on his career and were a direct cause of his many injuries.
While the Brazilian is still thirty years old, he left Europe and joined Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal, and now his season has ended after a cruciate ligament injury with his country and is preparing to undergo surgery.