Neymar lifts lid on diving criticism

International Edition By: Ambrose Udeme | 22/07/2018

Neymar has responded to the criticism directed towards him with regards to diving and the PSG man believes people ‘will never understand’.

Neymar was under scrutiny at the World Cup for his over-the-top reactions to tackles with suggestions he was diving and faking pain rather than actually being fouled.

The former Barcelona man has now fired back at critics as he tries to explain why he’s often seen on the floor and on the receiving end of many fouls.

"Do you think I want to suffer tackles all of the time? No, it is painful, it hurts. After the games I stay back for four or five hours putting on ice, it’s complicated but if you haven’t experienced that you will never understand. I saw [the jokes], but I took them with a humour.

"Even yesterday I posted on Instagram a joke with the children about it. My football is to dribble, to face the opponent, I can’t stand in front of the opponent and say ‘my dear, excuse me I want to score a goal’, I can’t do that.

"I have to dribble past him, I have to try to do something and he will not allow me to go past and he will try to foul me. A lot of time I’m faster and lighter than other players and they tackle me, and the referee is there for that." said Neymar as quoted in Metro

Neymar’s club future remains up in the air but he looks increasingly likely to remain at PSG for one more season. He recently announced at an event in Brazil he plans to remain in Paris, but Real Madrid are still eyeing a replacement for the departed Cristiano Ronaldo.

No matter where Neymar’s playing his club football next season, his style of play is unlikely to change with opponents often choosing to foul him due to the attacking threat he poses.