Neymar: Brazil's Ronaldo leaps to his defense over acting claims

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Neymar reacts after falling on the pitch in the match between Brazil and Mexico at World Cup 2018.

Neymar has been criticised, especially in Britain, for diving, rolling and exaggerating fouls. Wrote another, "I'm sure he can triple that amount in the remaining games".

However, the Brazil coach has confirmed that in addition to Jesus, Fernandinho will start for the first time at the World Cup when Brazil meet Belgium in tomorrow's quarter-final clash.

The world's most expensive player has been instrumental for Brazil, contributing 1.24 Expected Goal Involvement (xGI) per 90 to the team, and is averaging 0.81 xG per 90 in front of goal himself.

"There are many ways to see football and interpret it", Ronaldo told reporters. "I am against all these opinions [that Neymar is acting]".

"Re: Neymar He has spent 14 mins! on the floor Also has to be said that he is most tackled player", another tweet read.

"I think Croatia are upset that they will play against us because we are the host nation".

To that end, Marca reports that Brazil's football association has advised Neymar to keep quiet and let Tite and his teammates defend him ahead of Friday's quarterfinal match with Belgium. When I was repeatedly targeted with violent actions, I felt that I was treated unjustly. "Criticism is nonsense. TV shows and newspapers just want to fill the space".

Perhaps the toughest challenge facing England is breaking down a miserly defence that has kept three clean sheets out of four games so far, but Harry Kane and Co. have never looked more confident than they do now.

Both players have previously won the World Cup, with Matthaus winning it in 1990 and Ronaldo winning the trophy in 1994 and 2002.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi saw their World Cup dreams snuffed out the same day.

This was by no means a virtuoso display from Neymar in the ilk of his PSG colleagues.

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