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Meanwhile, former Germany captain and World Cup victor Lothar Matthaeus said Neymar is a world class footballer who does not need to exaggerate when he is fouled because it does not earn him any sympathy with the fans.

"Neymar fell and he started to roll around", Tite said after this match, which was in 2012.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has entered the quarter final stage as eight teams remain in the competition. Belgium have already shown their attacking prowess, but they had to claw back from the brink of defeat against Japan in the R16. Brazil captain Thiago Silva, also Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain teammate, reminded people that Neymar was legitimately injured, with a broken foot, last winter.

Neymar, 26, the current attacking talisman of the iconic Selecao side, has faced major critcism during Russian Federation 2018 - despite being rated as one of the best players at the global showpiece.

"He simulates situations and he makes the a lot of them, something which doesn't belong to football".

But if Neymar's on your team, your opinion of his drama might be different. Neymar uses his mobility to defend himself from the bumps and hits that are dished out to him. "Look, I think it's more of an attempt to undermine me than anything else", he said, adding "I don't care much for criticism, not even from the press because in a way this can influence athletes". When I was repeatedly targeted with violent actions, I felt that I was treated unjustly.

Of the four Manchester City players named in Brazil's World Cup squad, only Gabriel Jesus has featured regularly.

Neymar Sr. took matters a step further, reportedly telling his son's friends not to take the bait when social media users criticize Neymar.

While Neymar will likely hog the limelight, this game may well hinge on the battle for possession and space in central midfield.