SOCHI, Russia - Former Brazil striker Ronaldo came out in support of his countryman Neymar on Wednesday (July 4) as criticism mounted against the pundits who have condemned his diving but ignored the fakery of other players.
Neymar has been slated, especially in Britain, for diving, rolling and exaggerating fouls.
Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio made a reference to "too much acting" and former internationals Alan Shearer, Pat Nevin, Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona were among those who criticised Neymar's theatrics during the first four games of the tournament.
But Ronaldo said Neymar - who is one of the most fouled players in the entire tournament - needed more protecting.
"There are many ways to see football and interpret it," Ronaldo told reporters.