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Former Atletico defender Juanfran against Neymar: 'unbearable on the pitch'

Former Atletico defender Juanfran against Neymar: ‘unbearable on the pitch’

The defenders of Atlético Juanfran and Barcas Neymar faced each other regularly for four years. Madrilen’s ex does not have good memories.

Juanfran, former right-back Atletico Madrid, called Neymar when asked which opponent had bothered him the most in his career. “They always told me he was a nice guy off the field, but he was unbearable on the field,” said the 36-year-old. SER series. Neymar played for Barcelona between 2013 and 2017.

“He always provoked you with and without the ball,” said Juanfran, explaining his decision. His comments can also be interpreted as a kind of tribute to the Brazilian, because the former Atletico defender admitted, “I wasn’t innocent either.”

Juanfran is one of the pillars of the successful Atlético team

The summit match in the Spanish League is scheduled for the weekend between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and the outcome will have a major impact on the title race. Atletico move to Camp Nou as tournament leader, but Barcelona could overtake the Madridists with a win. Real Madrid are second in the standings, ahead of the Catalans.

Juanfran played with Atlético for eight years and during his time at the club won the Championship, Cup and two titles in the European League.