The story of Neymar’s World Cup Reviewed by Momizat on . There are many derogatory accusations you could sling in the World Cup’s direction, but one aspect the tournament is above reproach – almost all of the stars ha There are many derogatory accusations you could sling in the World Cup’s direction, but one aspect the tournament is above reproach – almost all of the stars ha Rating: 0
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The story of Neymar’s World Cup

The story of Neymar’s World Cup

There are many derogatory accusations you could sling in the World Cup’s direction, but one aspect the tournament is above reproach – almost all of the stars have contrived to find a way to shine. Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Diego Costa, Luka Modrić and Phillipe Coutinho have all turned up to the party.

The two big names that are the exception to the rule are Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar. Messi’s poor performances can be part way explained by his nation’s chaotic background scrambling, where a revolt against coach Jorge Sampaoli seems to be in full swing.

Neymar, however, has no such excuses. His coach, Tite, is universally respected and his team mates are of the highest standard. These dual factors, opposed to Neymar’s two performances, are responsible for the Brazilian still being amongst the favourites to land the Golden Boot, the prize given to the tournament’s top scorer. Currently Neymar sits at 22/1 though those odds can be enhanced with when using a Betdaq Promo Code.

Brazil’s first match of the World Cup, a 1-1 draw with Switzerland saw the Brazilian forward cut a hugely exasperated figure, looking more and more upset as Swiss fouls accumulated. By the time the final whistle blew Neymar had seen himself fouled ten times, the most in any one game since Alan Shearer was on the receiving end of eleven against Tunisia in 1998.

Neymar breaks in tears after a World Cup game in 2018

Neymar breaks in tears after a World Cup game in 2018

That stat however, tells only a fraction of the story. The majority of the fouls Neymar suffered came thanks to his own propensity to dawdle in possession. A recurring theme quickly emerged, where he would receive possession deep, before spinning and looking to beat the entire opposition squad single-handedly. His habitual ignoring of teammates served to not only make himself an easy target for violence and intimidation, but also seriously hampered his side’s attempts at building momentum.

The second game against Costa Rica looked eerily similar. Neymar’s one man show-pony routine ensuring he became the target for rough tackles. On this occasion Neymar became visibly angry with, Björn Kuipers, the match official, berating him with a string of expletives. So bemused with the referee’s leniency was Neymar that he took it upon himself to confront the Dutch referee at half time, an act that required the urgent intervention of teammate Marcelo. This act of aggression is currently being reviewed and may see Brazil’s talisman issued with a suspension. The pair’s fractious relationship reached its nadir when Kuipers awarded Brazil a penalty after Gonzales was adjudged to have hauled down Neymar, yet after a brief consultation with VAR, Neymar’s fall was deemed a little too theatrical.

Frustration was starting to build, a process accelerated after a slew of missed chances.

Despite all this, Neymar managed to do what all great forwards are famous for and get his name on the scoresheet. After the game all of the Brazilian’s emotions clashed in a visible crescendo, leaving Neymar slumped on the turf, tears saturating his face.

Sources: cbssports.com / nytimes.com

Neymar pulls his shirt up in despair

Neymar pulls his shirt up in despair

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