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Croatia take on Denmark for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. AFP

Croatia take on Denmark for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. AFP

Argentina global Lionel Messi has returned to Barcelona after crashing out with his national team from the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Selecao icon Ronaldo Nazario, however, believes the criticism Neymar has been getting is unfair, and feels that match officials should do more to protect him.

"It was an old injury, the back, I trained today", Dzagoev said on Thursday.

Neymar responded to the criticism after the game with Mexico, making it clear that he doesn't think he's doing anything wrong.

The 2002 World Cup victor told reporters ahead of Brazil's quarter-final clash with Belgium on Friday: "There are many ways to see football and interpret it". I don't know if they're showing off.

The Brazilian superstar, the most risky one-on-one player in the world, who has his country on the cusp of its sixth World Cup title, should be celebrated for his ability to beat defenders and change a match with a single run.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been slated, especially in Britain, for diving and exaggerating fouls during the tournament.

"There are many ways to see football and interpret it", Ronaldo, the former Brazil striker, told reporters.

But if Neymar's on your team, your opinion of his drama might be different.

"The referees have given him little protection". When I was repeatedly targeted with violent actions, I felt that I was treated unjustly.

Neymar Sr. took matters a step further, reportedly telling his son's friends not to take the bait when social media users criticize Neymar. "Spain can take control over any team, so we could not play in any other way".

Luis Suárez was outshone by his striking partner against Portugal, but his relentless work ethic and selflessness meant he provided one assist and played a crucial role in what turned out to be the winning goal.

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