Neymar: Such a talented artist, shame about the acting

Neymar of Brazil plays with the lovely abandon of a boy in a park and then behaves like a child. He is a delicate talent who is turning himself into a planetary punchline, a back-heeling brilliant brat with a pickpocket's elusiveness who, by the way, should fire his hairdresser. On the ground is where he does his best work and where he also lies.

The Brazilian is as slender as a sapling and clearly as sturdy. Against Costa Rica he dived in search of a penalty and against Serbia he rolled repeatedly on the turf and into meme history.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'Such a talented artist, shame about the acting'. Print Edition | Subscribe