Maradona Calls Out Neymar for Diving Antics

Arnold Nichols
July 5, 2018

"I think it is a disgrace for the game that you lose so much time for one single player.I don't think that is a good example for football or followers of football".

The latest chapter in a bulging catalogue of histrionic behaviour came in the second half, when Mexico defender Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle as he lay prone.

Brazil's Neymar lies on the ground during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018.

Belgium made one of the best comebacks in the tournament so far this morning, coming from two goals down in the first fifty two minutes to beat Japan, three two.

Although Neymar has scored only two goals in four games in Russian Federation, he did enter the World Cup after spending three months recovering from a broken right foot.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have dominated the game for the past decade, have gone home, their hopes of ever winning the World Cup probably over.

Neymar's reaction was that of a man who had just had his leg broken, leading many to condemn his rolling around in the aftermath.

The message left by Neymar on his snapchat roughly translates to "if there is a is obvious that there is a game" - indicating this is a regular pastime after the team get a big win.

Neymar's World Cup was over and without their talisman Brazil suffered the humiliation of losing 7-1 to eventual champions Germany in the semi-finals.

When Mexico exhausted Brazil created enough chances to have won by more than 2-0.

"In the World Cup you want to be flawless but it's about getting through, it's about winning", Martinez said.

"Neymar is a star player too", Maradona said.

Japan had stunned Roberto Martinez's third-ranked side by racing into a two-goal lead in the second half through Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.

While Brazil fans were celebrating wildly, the El Tri fans were egging their players to come back to the game.

After a return to its training base in Sochi, Brazil heads back north to Kazan for Friday's quarterfinal match.

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