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Neymar hits back at Lugano
Belo Horizonte, June 28, 2013
First Published: 01:57 IST(28/6/2013)
Last Updated: 02:00 IST(28/6/2013)

Neymar has hit back at claims of Uruguay captain Diego Lugano that he is "talented at winning free-kicks".

Speaking after Brazil's semifinal win, Neymar moved to avoid a verbal confrontation with the centre-back, reports Xinhua.

"He has the right to say what he wants, it won't affect me. I don't pay any attention to it. What is important is that I help my team to win," the 21-year-old Barcelona striker said.

After the match, Lugano stood by the accusations he made Tuesday. When asked about a statement from Brazil's football confederation (CBF) condemning Lugano's comments, the PSG defender expressed bemusement.

"Do you think I care about what the CBF or the media say? It doesn't interest me. I say what I think without worrying about the reaction of others,” he said.

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