Brazil star Neymar has defended his World Cup diving antics… saying he needed “five hours of ice” after each game to recover.
The PSG forward, 26, described himself as being in a lot of pain during the tournament but took the jokes and memes at his expense in good humour.
Neymar claims he spent so much time on the floor as it is “his game to dribble past players”, despite knowing he’s probably going to get “hurt”.
The Brazilian revealed: “Do you think I want to suffer tackles all of the time? No, it is painful, it hurts.
“After the games I stay back for four or five hours putting on ice, it’s complicated but if you haven’t experienced that you will never understand.
“I saw [the jokes], but I took them with a humour.
“Even yesterday I posted on Instagram a joke with the children about it.
“My football is to dribble, to face the opponent, I can’t stand in front of the opponent and say ‘my dear, excuse me I want to score a goal’, I can’t do that.
“I have to dribble past him, I have to try to do something and he will not allow me to go past and he will try to foul me.
“A lot of time I’m faster and lighter than other players and they tackle me, and the referee is there for that.”