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Neymar: Such a talented artist, shame about the acting

Brazil's forward Neymar before the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

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'. Subscribe