Brazil defender Thiago Silva thinks the special attention Neymar is getting from defenders at the World Cup is “normal” because his skills make him difficult to stop.
Neymar, who only returned from a fractured metatarsal last month, looked close to his best on Monday when Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals in Russia.
He also received criticism for what Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio described as “acting” when Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle.
However, Silva does not believe rough treatment is anything new for Neymar.
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“This is normal because [Neymar] has many qualities,” Silva told reporters. “The players who defend against him make fouls because it’s always hard to defend Neymar and take the ball without fouling him. But it was a tough game.”