Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

This Brazil team is not just about Neymar, even if his theatrics and intermittent magic, like his opener against Mexico, are what immediately catch the eye and dominate the headlines.

But Ronaldo said Neymar "who is one of the most fouled players in the entire tournament - needed more protecting".

"I do not know how to stop Neymar - he is very unpredictable", Meunier admitted after setting up the late victor in a thrilling 3-2 round-of-16 victory against Japan in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.

Brazil superstar Neymar, who has scored twice so far to help set up a quarterfinal meeting with Belgium in Russian Federation, has been heavily criticised for a string of theatrical reactions when clashing with an opponent.

"Why don't we speak about Mbappe or Kane, who's the top scorer in England the last three or four years, is the captain of the national team and has six goals at the World Cup?". 'Why does he need the acting? Paulinho has had a good season with FC Barcelona, where his ability to break into the box and score key goals was important, but that doesn't make him one of the great passers in the game. Diego Maradona was not acting, Lionel Messi is not acting.

He responded in an Instagram story: "To all Brazilians, I have no interest in entering into a debate which, in my opinion, is pointless, firstly because football is played out on the pitch, and secondly because you've all got the sense to understand the first point".

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'I remember Colombia (against England on Tuesday) how they were acting, ' he said.

"Look, I think it's more an attempt to undermine me than anything else". Of the eight interviews he has given in Russian Federation, he defended Neymar in six of them, even when he wasn't specifically asked about the forward. "I just want to play and I help my team-mates". With video assistant referees this should not be possible'.

"You have to cut it out". He (Geiger) forgot to cut it at the right time.

As they aim to lift the World Cup for a record sixth time in Moscow on July 15, their next opponents are Belgium in Kazan on Friday, in what will be something of a clash of styles - the best defence up against the best attack.

Matthaus, however, had only praise for the England side and their brand of quick football.

Outside Brazil, fans and former players condemned the Paris St Germain player, with Denmark's Peter Schmeichel calling his antics "disgraceful", former England player Alan Shearer tweeting "STOP IT".

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