In Spanish, it is common for a football fan or pundit to refer to a special player as a ‘monster’. It means he has potent powers, superhuman strengths, astounding attributes. Lionel Messi, for example, is often called a monster. Un monstruo. Real Madrid target Neymar has also been described in this way, but when he was called a monster by Rene Simoes, the much-travelled Brazilian coach was talking in a much more literal sense.