FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil's Ronaldo sweeps aside Neymar criticism
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio made a reference to "too much acting" and former internationals Alan Shearer, Pat Nevin, Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona were among those who criticised Neymar's theatrics
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has brushed aside criticism of countryman Neymar for play-acting at the World Cup, saying it's "nonsense" and he is not protected by referees. "There are many ways to see football and interpret it," Ronaldo told reporters.
"I am against all these opinions (on Neymar acting). He is an intelligent player in his movements and on how to defend himself from being tackled. I don't think referees have been protecting him enough," Ronaldo was quoted as saying by ESPNFC. Neymar has been accused by several media outlets for diving and exaggerating fouls.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio made a reference to "too much acting" and former internationals Alan Shearer, Pat Nevin, Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona were among those who criticised Neymar's theatrics. "When people repeatedly hit me I would feel a sense of unfairness. Criticism is nonsense. TV shows and newspapers just want to fill the space," Ronaldo added.
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