Moscow — Brazil winger 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, former Germany captain and World Cup winner Lothar Matthaeus says. Neymar, who has scored twice so far to help Brazil into the World Cup quarterfinals in Russia, where they will face Belgium on Friday, has been sharply criticised for a string of exaggerated reactions when clashing with an opponent. "Neymar does not need it. 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? It does not bring him sympathy." World Cup winner Diego Maradona in 1986 "was not acting" and Argentina captain Lionel Messi "is not acting", Matthaeus said. "We need players like Neymar but not the acting." Matthaeus said it was up to referees to put a stop to it, adding that during his playing days Colombia’s Car...

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