Neymar is Brazil’s best soccer player, and one of the most talented players in the entire world. The way he dribbles the ball and scores goals is a thing of beauty.
Unfortunately, he has also gained a reputation for his theatrics on the pitch. The reputation has been well-earned under the spotlight at the FIFA World Cup.
Many have joked that he deserves an Oscar for his performances, which would be accurate if his acting wasn’t so poor.
His log roll after being fouled in Brazil’s match against Serbia in the group stage has inspired some hilarious videos.
— S A M (@Cruyffootball) July 3, 2018
— East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) July 5, 2018
He dramatically faked an injury after being touched by the cleats of an opponent during Brazil’s knockout stage win against Mexico. He flopped around like he had been shot, remaining on the field for 14 minutes.
— Mi12on⚽️ (@miltonthegr8) July 2, 2018
“It’s an embarrassment for soccer that so much time was wasted on one player,” said Mexican Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio, following the match.
“It’s not a good example for soccer, and for the world of soccer, for all the kids playing,” he added. “This should be a sport of ability, of determination, a game of men, not of so much clowning.”
🇧🇷 Neymar has spent 14 minutes on the floor at the 2018 #WorldCup
🇦🇷 Paulo Dybala only played 22 minutes all tournament.
— SPORF (@Sporf) July 5, 2018
Children have indeed been inspired by Neymar’s antics, albeit, in hilarious ways.
Let me introduce you to the Neymar game:
Neymar inspiring a whole generation of youth players… 😂😂😂
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 5, 2018
— BarcaTimes Media (@BarcaMediaAcc) July 5, 2018
While we’re on the subject, check out this hilarious Neymar-esq commercial by KFC in South Africa:
— Jack Grimse (@JackGrimse) July 5, 2018
But perhaps the best thing to come out of Neymar’s embarrassing acting skills is this video, made by German YouTuber Der Schulte, that imagines Neymar in everyday situations.