Neymar has made himself the centre of attention again in today's match between Brazil and Mexico. The forward broke the deadlock in the second half from close range but an incident in the 71st minute has drawn the chagrin of many watching after the 26-year-old's Oscar winning performance following Mexico defender Layun treading on his ankle.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) July 2, 2018
Granted the Mexico defender should definitely have seen at least a yellow for his actions, but it's a testament to how disliked the Brazilian is that people were far more occupied with the PSG star's exaggeration of the foul than Layun's obvious foul play:
— Noorbahar Begum (@noorbaharbegum) July 2, 2018
Neymar the video game pic.twitter.com/Z0k61d5qy3
— John ƎE (@johnfeeney09) July 2, 2018
neymar when he sees layun getting close https://t.co/AWh3PFN5LW
— So Mexican?? (@SOMEXlCAN) July 2, 2018
— 3mawi (@DSS9o) July 2, 2018
— Armani (@armani_salado) July 2, 2018
Neymar has the lowest pain threshold of any player in World Cups since Opta stats began.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 2, 2018
Neymar is pathetic.
— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) July 2, 2018
Neymar should be the ball because he’s always rolling ??pic.twitter.com/JTSbQSNxJt
— World Cup (@FlFAWC2018) July 2, 2018
Neymar. One goal, one assist. And an Oscar-winning acting performance as always. What talent. #BRAMEX ?? ?? ??
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) July 2, 2018
ITV pundit Martin O'Neill summed up the feelings of most when giving his response to the incident, calling Neymar's antics 'absolutely pathetic', though did say that Layun could have seen red for his part in the farce:
— Mike ??????? English and Proud (@TheAlexaWarrior) July 2, 2018