Neymar’s antics at the 2018 FIFA World Cup drew plenty of attention but according to Brazil legend Ronaldo, there’s a method to the madness.
While Ronaldo openly admitted the country expected much more from the attacking talisman at Russia 2018, he’s defended the media criticism surrounding his theatrical dives and offered a bit of advice.
A Swiss TV station tracked the Neymar’s total time on the ground during the World Cup, which equated to a total of 14 minutes.
“I asked him five years ago and he explained that on many occasions when he’s kicked he reacts in that way so that the blow isn’t greater,” Ronaldo told Sport TV.
“That also happened to me, I felt that I was treated unfairly when I was kicked and they wouldn’t blow the whistle.
“Neymar has to control his emotions better during the matches. He risks too much looking for yellow cards, he needs to take more advantage of his negative energy and be a little evil.”