FIFA doesn’t offer an award for the Best Actor at its annual Ballon d’Or ceremony but if they did, Guti has no question who the winner would be.
Barcelona star Neymar has earned a reputation for playacting and Guti has condemned the Brazilian’s antics by claiming he deserves an Oscar for Best Actor.
Neymar wasn’t the only Barcelona player to feel the former Real Madrid star’s wrath. Jordi Alba and Dani Alves were also criticised by Guti for exaggerating when fouled.
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The former midfielder said, as per Sport: “Barcelona’s players make theatre.
“Neymar, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves exaggerate more than necessary when they are fouled.
“Neymar deserves an Oscar for Best Actor for all the films he’s done.”
It’s a fair assessment, and one that Arsenal fans will agree with wholeheartedly. Alba was guilty of such shameful theatrics in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday, as the full back was caught on the arm by Olivier Giroud and reacted by clutching his face.
The Catalan giants refer to themselves as ‘more than a club’ - and have rightly earned plaudits for their mesmerising play style - but the trios’ antics certainly put a stain on the club.
Neymar has dreams of surpassing Lionel Messi as the world’s best player and he could certainly take a leaf out of the Argentine’s book when it comes to reacting to contact.
Greater than Ronaldinho
Excusing the dark side of his game, Neymar has emerged as one of the finest players in Europe and, according to Sport, Barcelona are convinced he has a greater ceiling than Brazilian legend Ronaldinho.
The winger has scored 23 goals this season and has adjusted to the Camp Nou’s bright lights in seamless fashion following his move from Santos in 2013.
Perhaps his greatest accolade - besides the trophies - is the fact that Neymar doesn’t look like a fish out of water even alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.
The trophies certainly look good, though. The 24-year-old has won the Spanish title, Copa del Rey and Champions League already - and few would bet against him adding another one of each this season.
Luis Enrique’s team have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals following their first leg win over the Gunners and showed they can win even without playing at their fluent best.
That will concern Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, who have seen Barcelona establish an eight-point lead atop La Liga.
Meanwhile, Sevilla await Neymar and co. in May’s Copa del Rey final.
So, on the pitch, things couldn’t be rosier for the former Santos star. Off it, they are a little rocky.
Neymar recently appeared in court over allegations of tax evasion but a contract extension until 2021, as reported by ESPN, will certainly help him pay for those lawyers.
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