Soccer superstar Neymar has finally admitted he dived during the World Cup.
15 minutes on the ground, one mocking commercial, and a bunch of memes had to pass before Neymar admitted he “exaggerates sometimes.”
The Brazilian forward consolidated his reputation as a big flopper in the last World Cup after his acting skills got more attention than his actual game on the field. All his diving caught the attention of the internet, creating an endless amount of hilarious videos, gifs, and images, showing Neymar’s theatrical talents. Moreover, KFC South Africa released a funny ad, which people automatically related with the PSG player during the World Cup (although to be honest it could’ve been applied for almost any soccer player).
Why make a meal of it for a free kick when you can make a meal of it with a Streetwise 2 for R29.90! pic.twitter.com/irVKjmBsg6— KFC South Africa (@KFCSA) June 14, 2018
At his first public appearance, the Brazilian superstar didn’t talk about his exaggerations on the field, only declaring that he was not upset with critics who have made fun of his apparent faking. However, the 26-year-old player decided to admit he sometimes overreacts after being fouled using a sponsor’s advertisement, where he says:
"You may think I exaggerate. And sometimes I do exaggerate. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch."
The ad had been broadcasted on several Brazilian TV networks, where we could see a more mature self-critical Neymar, with strong, passionate, touching statements. Such as:
"When I leave without talking to the press, it's not because I only like winning, it is because I still haven't learned to disappoint you."
"When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to deal with my frustrations."
Perhaps these statements only have commercial purposes. Though the former Barcelona player did label this year’s World Cup elimination as the "saddest moment" of his career to date, writing on Instagram that it would be difficult for him to find the strength to want to play football again.
Indeed, this was a rough loss for Neymar Jr, after Brazil, as one of the favorites to win the World Cup, got eliminated from the quarterfinals by Belgium and he didn’t even get nominated for The Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year award for 2018. However, he still has a long way to go as a professional player and let's hope he has learned out of this experience and reduce his flopping.