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Neymar admits to diving

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Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil superstar, Neymar Jr., has admitted to diving during the 2018 World Cup.

He has, however, vowed to change his ways.

Neymar and his team-mates were dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Belgium, after largely underperforming during the tournament.

The 26-year-old came under fierce criticism for his theatrics and exaggerated reactions to fouls.

He has now used a sponsor’s advertisement with manufacturer Gillette, to accept criticism and vow to bounce back.

The ad started with Neymar saying: “Boot-stud on the shins. Kick in the spine. Stomp on the foot.

“You may think I overreact, and sometimes I do. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch. You have no idea what I go through outside of it.

“When I leave without talking to the press, it’s not because I only like winning, it is because I still haven’t learned to disappoint you.

“When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to deal with my frustrations.

“There’s still a boy inside of me. Sometimes it dazzles the world. Other times, it pisses everyone off. And my fight is to keep this boy alive. But inside of me, not inside the field.

“You may think I’ve fallen too much, but the reality is I did not fall. I crumbled. And that hurts more than anyone stepping on your operated ankle.

“I took time to accept your criticism. I took time to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man. But now I’m here, with my heart wide open.

“I fell but only those who fall can get up. You can keep throwing rocks at me or you can throw your rocks away and help me get up because when I do get up, the whole country gets up with me.”

 

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