Gary Neville famously described David Luiz as playing as if 'being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation' during a defeat to Liverpool in 2011. The Chelsea and Brazilian centre-back reflects on this comment and explains to FourFourTwo who he uses criticism to improve his game.
Listen to helpful advice
"I prefer to give attention to constructive criticism. I respond well to that sort of feedback because I can learn from it and improve in the future. This type of advice makes you reflect on your game and informs you how to improve from mistakes you may have made.
"Helpful advice, which comes from polite people like family and friends, as well as your coaches and team-mates - is always very welcome. I get stronger with this kind of criticism. It helps to make me a better player and better person, too."
Comfortable in possession
"I had some advice about needing to be more comfortable on the ball, which I worked on during my time in the youth teams of Vitoria, back in Brazil. I used to play as a holding midfielder there and developed this taste for getting the ball and trying to start an attack whenever it was possible. I practised how to control the ball, keep hold of it and pass it well over short and long distances."
Nothing comes for free
"All of these skills are really important regardless of your position in the team's formation. I've utilised these attributes at every club that I've played for since then and tried to show it in each competition. I'm always trying to improve my skills and correct mistakes during training sessions. Nothing comes for free."
David Luiz is a Nike athlete and wears Nike Tiempo Legend.