The Paris St-Germain star was however, roundly criticised after his exaggerated reaction to a Mexico player stepping on his leg.
Instead, Neymar has become the king of all memes, with the internet mocking his gamesmanship, incessant flopping and "histrionics", as ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop said in his latest commentary for The Undefeated.
Social media was particularly scathing in its assessment of several moments during Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico in the last 16.
Cutting out the acting also would help Neymar win votes, 1990 World Cup victor Lothar Matthaeus said Wednesday. Neymar uses his mobility to defend himself from the bumps and hits that are dished out to him. Uruguay will manage this game, but I don't see their midfield being able to give (a possibly injured) Luis Suarez enough supply to keep things close.
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"Criticism is nonsense. TV shows and newspaper just want to fill the space".
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"Danilo suffered a left ankle injury and will not have time to recover until the end of the cup", the CBF said in a statement. Wrote another, "I'm sure he can triple that amount in the remaining games". He is an excellent player, one of the five best players in the world", the 57-year-old Matthaeus, who won the 1990 world Cup with West Germany, told reporters."Why does he need the acting?