Mijatovic: Neymar doesn't dive, he's kicked
Former Real Marid striker Predrag Mijatovic believes that the Seleção star doesn’t dive, he just get’s kicked and defends the forward in the light of this weekends Clasico.
Barcelona attacker Neymar has no choice but to go to ground due to the number of fouls committed by opposition defenders, according to former Real Madrid forward and sporting director Predrag Mijatovic.
The Brazilian has been accused of diving on a handful of occasions since his €57 million move to Camp Nou this summer - most notably when Celtic's Scott Brown kicked out at him in the Champions League clash in Glasgow - but Mijatovic believes the 21-year-old is a target for tough-tackling players due to his beguiling ability. Reports GOAL.com.
"Neymar gets hit a lot," the Montenegrin told TV programme La Graderia de la Ser. "They hit him and they make mistakes, because he's a great footballer. He carries the ball well when one-on-one and the only way to stop him is to foul him.
"Perhaps because of his physique and all the quality he has, people often have the feeling he dives. But he doesn't dive, they pull him down."