Neymar Jr: Diver or Footballer?

Gurleen Gakhal


Neymar Jr, a player for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and the Brazilian national team, is one of the best footballers in the world. He is known for theatrically falling (diving) to the ground in matches to win fouls. During PSG’s pre‑season match vs Gamba Osaka, Neymar’s right ankle was clipped by the opposition’s defender. He fell to the ground in agony and was awarded a penalty. This was very controversial, and many people accused him of blatantly diving. This paper argues that he is not diving in this case and due to his previous injuries on the same ankle and a fast reflex, he lost his balance and fell to the ground.


Sports; Biology; Sports Science; Football; Reflex; Neymar Jr

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