FIFA World Cup News: Neymar responds to criticism for over-acting on the pitch

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  • Brazil secured their passage into the quarter-finals after defeating Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16
  • Neymar who scored a goal and assisted another was criticised heavily post-match for his reactions to some of the tackles that came his way
  • The Brazilian forward spoke in the post-match press conference said, “I don’t much care for criticism, not even for praise.”

Brazil secured their passage into the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after their 2-0 win over Mexico in the round of 16. Talisman Neymar was heavily involved in the match scoring one and assist the 2nd. However, the 26-year-old also received wide criticism from pundits and football fans alike who have grown tired of the Brazilian forward falling on the ground every time an opposition touches him.

Neymar’s reaction leads to anger among the fans and pundits

Neymar who was seen in agony on numerous occasions during the match was particularly criticised for the way he reacted to Miguel Layún’s so-called stamp, which left him rolling around the floor shouting in anguish, something that didn’t please the football fans, who were watching the match.

FIFA World Cup 2018 News which has dominated the papers and the media since the past two weeks has been a reaction of what players like Neymar have done on the field but unfortunately, in this incident, it doesn’t show a positive light on the player.

After his all-action display at the Samara Arena, Neymar spoke to the media in the post-match press conference and responded to the severe criticism that has stuck to him since the start of this tournament and to be honest has been plaguing Neymar’s career ever since he moved to Barcelona from Brazil.

Neymar not too bothered about the Criticism, the focus is firmly on winning the World Cup

In, latest FIFA World Cup news, Neymar spoke about the criticism, He said, “I think it’s more an attempt to undermine me than anything else.

I don’t much care for criticism, not even for praise because this can influence in a way the athlete’s attitude. In the last two matches, I didn’t talk to the press because there are too many people talking, getting excited. I don’t know if they’re showing off. I am here to win with my teammates.”
Martin O’Neill, who was a pundit on a post-match show for ITV, was visibly frustrated with Neymar’s reactions during the game and didn’t hide his anger when he was asked about it. He said, “His reaction is pathetic, absolutely pathetic. Mark (Clattenburg) is right it’s a red card but the pain threshold of Neymar is incredibly low.”
Brazil will now take on Belgium in the quarter-finals on 6th July at the Kazan Arena. Neymar who has scored 2 goals and assisted 2 this summer, will be hoping to drive his team further against a star-studded Belgium team that made one of the most remarkable comebacks yesterday (July 2nd) against Japan after going two goals down.

WATCH: Brazil v Mexico | Highlights | 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

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