Neymar Revealed The Reason Why He Dives To Ronaldo

It's been a great World Cup, filled with surprises, upsets, great games, and fantastic goals to boot.

But like every World Cup, there's a negative aspect that fills the headlines and people's news feed: this time it was the behaviour of Neymar. Often billed as the third best footballer in the world before Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Neymar tends to be criticised for going to ground too easy and even play-acting when tackled.

Neymar has become the World Cup's pantomime villain, but one person who has come to his defence is Brazil legend Ronaldo.

The former Real Madrid striker explained in an interview with Sport TV as per Marca: "I asked him five years ago and he explained that on many occasions when he's kicked he reacts in that way so that the blow isn't greater."

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"That also happened to me, I felt that I was treated unfairly when I was kicked and they wouldn't blow the whistle.

"Neymar has to control his emotions better during the matches. He risks too much looking for yellow cards, he needs to take more advantage of his negative energy and be a little evil."

Opponents enjoy getting stuck into the world's most expensive player, but the reason he tends to play-act like he does, he suggests at least, is to protect himself from the full throttle of an opponent looking to stick their boot into him.

It'll unlikely change the minds of this lot, though.

Is Neymar's diving slightly justified to you now?Let us know in the comments section.

Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.

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