FIFA World Cup 2018: Excellent Neymar doesn't need to play-act, says Matthaeus

Jul 06, 2018, 08:26 IST | PA Sport

"He's one of the top five players in the world, why does he need to act? It doesn't bring him sympathy. [Diego] Maradona wasn't acting, [Lionel] Messi doesn't act. [Cristiano] Ronaldo is an actor in a different way but not like this. We need players

FIFA World Cup 2018: Excellent Neymar doesn't need to play-act, says Matthaeus
Neymar. Pic/AFP

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus has told Neymar to cut out the diving and focus on his football. The Brazilian has divided opinion with his brilliant play and often play-acting. "Neymar doesn't need to act — he's an excellent player and he has everything a top-level player needs," Matthaus said.

"He's one of the top five players in the world, why does he need to act? It doesn't bring him sympathy. [Diego] Maradona wasn't acting, [Lionel] Messi doesn't act. [Cristiano] Ronaldo is an actor in a different way but not like this. We need players like Neymar, but not like this."

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