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Neymar Has Spent A Total Of 14 Minutes On The Floor At The World Cup

Mike Wood

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Neymar Has Spent A Total Of 14 Minutes On The Floor At The World Cup

This has been a World Cup filled with surprises. England finally won a penalty shootout (how good is that to say?), Germany went out at the Group Stages (no really, how good is that to say?!) and even the hosts, Russia, are defying expectations to reach the quarter finals.

One thing that remains constant, amid the goals, the VAR, the penalties, the off-field action, the intrigue, the injuries, the everything, is that Neymar is a diving git and don't we all know it.

The Brazilian superstar has issued a few major warnings of his talent with goals against Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as a few stellar performances, but also reinforced his image as the most irritating, most unlikeable and most easily kickable player on the planet.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Bearing in mind that this tournament has featured the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Luis Suarez and Diego Godin, to be considered the least likeable player is quite something, but Neymar has really surpassed himself in Russia.

In fact, his play-acting has been measured and according to RTS Sport in France, the Brazil playmaker has spent a grand total of 14 minutes on the floor during the 2018 World Cup.

This came to a head with his ludicrous acting when trodden on by Mexico player Miguel Layun in their Round of 16 match, which pushed Rivaldo in 2002 as the worst incident of faking ever seen at the World Cup.

"It was absolutely pathetic," said England legend Alan Shearer in teh Match of the Day studio of Neymar's antics in the incident with Layun.

"There is no doubting his ability, we saw a backheel, a finish and setting up of the second goal but it is pathetic when he is rolling around pretending to be in agony. Why does he feel the need to do that?"

BBC journalist John Bennett summed it up best by writing "It embodied the best and worst of Neymar rolled (pun intended) into one."

"He created some of the old magic in Samara and is clearly regaining match fitness step by step but yet again his performance will be overshadowed by his theatrics and he'll make the headlines for the wrong reasons."

That isn't to say that Neymar hasn't spent a lot of time on the floor with good reason, mind.

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Neymar was the most fouled played at the World Cup in 20 years in Brazil's opener against Switzerland, copping 10 fouls, the most since the aforementioned Alan Shearer in 1998 against Tunisia.

RTS Sports claim that he has been fouled 23 times in four matches, but still - that would average out at a minute and a half per foul, which is frankly ridiculous.

I for one look forward to the meeting of minds that will occur on Friday night as he takes on Marouane Fellaini, the walking booking, in the Quarter Final...

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: SPORT, World News, Russia 2018, Neymar, World Cup, Brazil

Mike Wood
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