As much as Brazilians love their football, and their star player Neymar Jr, it seems they love mocking him just as much.
While it’s all in good humour, it’s got to a point where fans can’t help but comment on Neymar’s near constant falling and diving on the pitch.
In Brazil’s recent match against Costa Rica, the forward’s flop in the penalty area became such a joke it was quickly turned into a meme, with Brazilians joining in on calling Neymar out for it.
He even seemed to appeal for the penalty before he finished falling down!
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 22, 2018
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) June 22, 2018
— El Steve-O Sombrero (@Nota_Steve) June 22, 2018
Luckily for Neymar, his country can see the funny side, and are supportive nonetheless.
One bar in particular is celebrating their unsteady striker in a way that’s sure to get as many people on the floor as the man himself – by handing out shots every time Neymar falls over.
The Sir Walter Pub in Rio will be cheering on their national side and making sure everyone has a good time by handing out the liquor not for every goal, but for every fall.
Posting on Facebook, the pub wrote (translated):
For every tumble of Neymar, a round of shots on the house!
Pode cair que a gente garante!
Posted by Sir. Walter Pub on Monday, 25 June 2018
Of course, at the rate that Neymar seems to hit the deck, some people were quick to point out this may be a costly venture for the Rio pub.
Every time Neymar falls against Serbia, Sir. Walter Pub in Rio will give out free shots, get ready for bankruptcy! ? pic.twitter.com/t7vUN6pO0l
— Brazil Football ?? (@BrazilEdition) June 25, 2018
neymar jogando twister pic.twitter.com/7bcWTwjBU6
— ??????? ?? ??? ???? (@georgemacedo) June 18, 2018
Everyone is doing the Neymar move now pic.twitter.com/8KV3eyvP4M
— Matt Reinhardt (@captainmattg) June 22, 2018
Of course, Neymar’s flailing and flopping isn’t the only notorious fail of the World Cup (aside from, y’know, teams losing and all).
In Thursday’s game between England and Belgium, Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi somehow managed to kick the ball into his own face.
The 24-year-old had been celebrating Belgium’s goal, and he looked utterly delighted with the victory as he kicked the ball with great gusto.
Unfortunately, this backfired big time as it bounced off the post and hit him full in the face, with ‘impressive’ accuracy.
It was a small yet brilliant victory for England after the disappointment of Belgium’s admittedly brilliant goal.
Of course, England fans couldn’t help but chuckle as their opponent fell from grace, with some describing this gaff as ‘the greatest moment of the World Cup so far’.
Michy Batshuayi goal celebration: off the post, off the face ??? pic.twitter.com/Rv3uh6STKo
— Ryan Rosenblatt (@RyanRosenblatt) June 28, 2018
And indeed, for one glorious evening, fans from all sides were united in the hilarity of this comical kick.
One person tweeted:
Adnan Januzaj’s goal is decent but Michy Batshuayi belting the ball into his face off the post is priceless.
Well that was quite painful to watch but at least it was just the B team. England need to have a bit more fight in games like this but at least the pains not as much as the ball Michy Batshuayi got in his face.
Michy Batshuayi's goal celebration is the main highlights of this match, indeed.
— Roro O'Monstro.™ (@Roromeo_MUFC10) June 28, 2018
Well that was quite painful to watch but at least it was just the B team. England need to have a bit more fight in games like this but at least the pains not as much as the ball Michy Batshuayi got in his face. ??
— Chris (@FMCJ10) June 28, 2018
Despite the result, England are still through to the knockout stages of the tournament, where they will face Colombia on Tuesday, July 3, while Brazil face Mexico on Monday, July 2.
Let’s hope for less fails and more goals this time round!
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.