Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

Brazil's defender Miranda Marcelo and Neymar take part in a training session on the eve of their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Mexico

Brazil's defender Miranda Marcelo and Neymar take part in a training session on the eve of their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Mexico

The 26-year-old embarrassed himself when he came up with an over-the-top reaction after Mexico's Miguel Layun gently stepped on the Brazilian's ankle when the ball was out of play. 'Why does he need the acting?

A couple in Russian Federation has divorced because they got into an argument over who is a better footballer, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

One internet user even suggested giving Neymar an Oscar in recognition of his outstanding acting talent.

"I remember Colombia [against England on Tuesday] how they were acting", he added. "How we use him is very important in a tournament like this, when we have very little time to recover between games".

They have conceded just one goal so far at this World Cup, and Steven Zuber's effort for Switzerland in a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don could have been disallowed for a foul on Joao Miranda.

"I haven't got any problem if you want to send messages to my account, even ones in which you threaten me, I understand that this is all part of the game". With video assistant referees this should not be possible'.

Matthaus was equally critical of Colombia's players during their agonising penalty defeat to England in their round of 16 clash.

'You have to cut this. He (Geiger) forgot to cut it at the right time.

The couple first met in a bar while watching the 2002 World Cup and had fallen in love talking about football.

Outside Brazil, fans and former players condemned the Paris St Germain player, with Denmark's Peter Schmeichel calling his antics "disgraceful", former England player Alan Shearer tweeting "STOP IT". These are high level players and the English national team profits from coaches in the Premier League working with these young players.

"I will do my best, and I know that we have a chance, but I also know that it will be very hard to stop them - not just Neymar".

"This young generation, they are believing in themselves".

"But it's a dream match for our players, they were born to play in a match like this".

For now they are living up to their billing, although it remains to be seen how they will cope in the absence of Casemiro, the Real Madrid powerhouse who screens the defence from deep in midfield. "This is the style of the clubs where they have the best coaches in the world, like (Pep) Guardiola, (Jose) Mourinho, (Jurgen) Klopp and all the others".

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