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Complaining about Neymar diving is bringing Madrid clubs together

Apr 2, 2014, 9:08 AM EDT

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Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid aren’t known for seeing eye-to-eye, but they can agree on one thing following the former’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Tuesday in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League tie.

Neymar’s really ticking them off.

This has little to do with the Barcelona player’s goal, rather his theatrics. Less than a fortnight after drawing a penalty in a thrilling El Clasico, Neymar has drawn the ire of intense Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

Simeone combined shots at two Barca players during his post-match press conference. From on Neymar:

“Diving is his characteristic, like Alexis Sanchez did when I coached him at River Plate,” he told Sky Sport. “This part of his game lets him down.”

Here are the comments from Real’s Ramos after his red card against Barca:

“In my sending off Neymar was offside beforehand and I didn’t touch him. He was looking for contact. If they wanted to balance the league table, they’ve done it.”

The diving criticism is nothing new for Neymar, even Pele has reached out to the youngster in the past. But at least we can agree that the Brazilian Barca striker is bringing the rival sides of Madrid together in a common goal: detestation of his tactics.


  1. chunkala - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Typical South American style, its craptastic!

  2. misterdreamer119 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    i hate diving in soccer. they need to redcard those guys

  3. godsholytrousers - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Wayne Rooney gets hair plugs and he thinks he is young and handsome and playing for Barcelona, like Neymar.

  4. egb234 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    After hearing Pele talk about him a few years ago, I was pumped to watch Neymar play for Brazil and in Europe. But watching him is miserable. He is the worst diver and overactor in the sport. He makes Drogba and Suarez look like stoic stonewalls. What a terrible, terrible waste of potential.

    Side note: this is another reason to love Messi. He is small and deals with multiple defenders at a time, but I don’t recall seeing him dive. True great.

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