Neymar's 'tribute' to Stephen Hawking has been widely derided on social media.
The PSG star posted a photo of himself topless in a wheelchair, his lower leg in a protective boot, and shared a Hawking quote on overcoming adversity.
The visionary scientist died on Wednesday aged 76 and was wheelchair bound for decades, suffering with a rare form of motor neurone disease.
Neymar posted this picture as part of a poorly judged tribute to Stephen Hawking
The world's most expensive footballer's ill-judged comparison with his own 'adversity', recovering from a foot injury whilst working on his tan, has rightly been mocked.
He wrote: 'You have to have a positive attitude and get the best out of the situation you are in.
No doubt Neymar's message was well intentioned, but came across as laughably self-centred on a day when many chose to remember the extraordinary scientist for his legacy and achievements.
One Twitter user remarked: 'Neymar’s temporary wheelchair situation is profoundly minor compared to the lifetime wheelchair situation Hawking had.'
And another wrote: 'Pretty sure Neymar is in no condition to compare physical situations.... to Stephen Hawking.'
At 22-years-old Hawking was given only a few years to live but defied the odds to contribute groundbreaking work on black holes and relativity.
Neymar moved to PSG for £198million in the summer and is looking to maintain a 'positive mental attitude' in his bid to be fit for the World Cup.