Ahead of Brazil's 2013 Confederations Cup semifinal clash with Uruguay, Diego Lugano has caused a real stir.
"Neymar can feign a foul, so we must be watchful nobody is fooled," claimed the Paris St-Germain defender.
"He is very apt at pretending to be fouled and is very lightweight, so he can drop to the ground and fool the referees and the rivals."
Is there truth in the statement, or is Lugano playing mind games?
Much of football is mental, and Lugano has piled pressure onto the referee, ensuring he's watching Neymar's falls like a hawk.
But is the Selecao star a real diver? Is there merit in Lugano's claims?
He's not notorious by any stretch of the imagination, and the Uruguay defender uses careful phrasing: "[he is] very lightweight, so he can drop to the ground and fool the referees," is the exact quote.
Neymar's copybook has been blotted, too, by some antics earlier in his career. Back in the Brasileiro Serie A as an emerging star, Neymar would "throw himself around a little," but was that to protect himself or gain an advantage?
He's a slight player and always will be, and at full speed, they're easy to knock over.
"I think he uses it as a precaution from different types of challenges," the Porguese tactician said.
"I'm not saying all of the players that challenge Gareth are malicious but the action is so quick that it might look like it's not a foul while it is."
"He is quick and slight so it doesn't take much contact to make him go over."
A theme occurring is smaller, niftier players being accused of diving, and their go-to reaction is blame their small frames.
Is Neymar one of many, or does Lugano have a point?
We pass no judgement and instead ask B/R commenters the question: In your opinion, is Neymar a diver?
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