Neymar admits he did overreact to challenges at the World Cup

Neymar admits he did overreact to challenges at the World Cup
A familiar sight in Russia as Neymar acts as if he has been shot by a sniper. AFP
Updated 30 July 2018
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Neymar admits he did overreact to challenges at the World Cup

Neymar admits he did overreact to challenges at the World Cup
  • Samba star says he did exaggerate when fouled at the recent World Cup
  • Neymar admits he needs to learn how to deal with his frustration.

Brazilian Neymar has come clean and admitted that he “exaggerated” his reactions when fouled during the World Cup.
One of the big talking points of the Samba stars’ campaign, which saw them exit in the quarterfinals after a 2-1 defeat by Belgium, was the antics of the side’s main man. Neymar’s ability may not be in question but throughout his time in Russia the 26-year-old was ridiculed for his overly dramatic reactions to the merest hint of a touch from an opposition player. On top of that, he was accused of faking and diving during the tournament.
But in an apparent and surprising mea culpa, Neymar admitted that he does sometimes exaggerate, but is also the victim of overzealous challenges.
In a 90-second video made for his sponsor Gillette, he said: “Studs on my calf, knee in my back, stamp on my foot,” he said. “You might think I exaggerate and sometimes I really do exaggerate. But the fact is that I suffer on the field.
“There’s still a child inside me. Sometimes he enchants the world and sometimes he irritates the world.”
Neymar, who suffered a serious foot injury in February and returned to action only days before the start of the World Cup, told fans that he was working to become a better person.
“When I seem rude, it’s not because I am a spoilt child, it’s because I haven’t learnt to deal with frustration,” he said.
“It’s taken me time to accept your criticism, it’s taken me time to look into the mirror and transform myself into a new man. But I am here, with a new face and an open heart. You can keep throwing stones or throw those stones away and help me stand. When I stand on my own two feet, all of Brazil stands with me.” AN
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