Neymar has been slammed on social media for his antics in Brazil’s win over Costa Rica.
The 2-0 win kept Brazil’s World Cup qualification hopes in their own hands heading into their final Group E match against knockout-chasing Serbia.
The PSG superstar is unquestionably one of the most talented footballers on the planet, but his antics are threatening to overshadow football skills in Russia.
AS IT UNFOLDED: Brazil v Costa Rica
Neymar had earned his side a penalty thanks to this spectacular dive which originally fooled referee Bjorn Kuipers. However, the referee reversed his decision after consulting VAR.
— Nicole (@nick5H) June 22, 2018
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 22, 2018
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) June 22, 2018
— Mary Azizi (@maryazizii) June 22, 2018
— James Brown (@avantbrown) June 22, 2018
— Elliot Baker (@MrEJBAKER) June 22, 2018
Neymar’s theatrics even united people in favour of this World Cup’s most controversial feature – VAR.
VAR gets it 100% right. Neymar dived and justice was done. That’s exactly what VAR is for.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 22, 2018
I’m not a fan of VAR but that’s the greatest thing VAR has ever done. Worrying that the referee bought Neymar’s fall in the first place though.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) June 22, 2018
It wasn’t even the last time he clashed with referee Kuipers, as this clip clearly shows:
Neymar telling the referee not to touch him. They’re not getting on, these two. pic.twitter.com/NzKQNTxR0I
— David Easson (@DavidEasson) June 22, 2018
Ref just told Neymar he shags his sister. pic.twitter.com/uQbTuQimWw
— tam sellics son (@gibbygibbo1) June 22, 2018
It all appeared to get to under his skin.
But when he’s capable of outrageous skill like this, maybe he should just focus on actually playing the game.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) June 22, 2018