Guti Says Neymar 'Deserves Oscar' for Diving, Criticises Dani Alves, Jordi Alba

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23 :  Neymar of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal and Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Former Real Madrid star Guti has claimed Barcelona maestro Neymar "deserves [an] Oscar" after witnessing what he felt to be over-the-top dramatics from the Brazilian in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League win over Arsenal.  

Neymar has fallen under criticism for diving in the past, and Guti didn't hold back when giving his take on the Barca star's theatrics when speaking at a promotional event in Madrid this week:

Neymar wasn't the only simulation suspect in the ex-midfielder's sights, however, and Guti also threw full-backs Dani Alves and Jordi Alba into the list, per Goal.com's Jon Fisher"Neymar, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves exaggerate more than necessary when they need to. "

Guti may be considered something of a biased opinion on the matter considering he spent 24 years at the Santiago Bernabeu before playing the final year of his career with Turkish outfit Besiktas.

Guti made 538 appearances for Real Madrid.
Guti made 538 appearances for Real Madrid.PEDRO ARMESTRE/Getty Images

Neymar has risen to become one of European football's titular names since moving to the Camp Nou in 2013, and Guti will undoubtedly be left smarting from the success he and his club have enjoyed since then.

Barca were dazzling at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday as a Lionel Messi brace guided them to a 2-0 first-leg win in the round of 16, but Tony Evans of the London Evening Standard agreed there was deception at hand:

Allegations of simulation are nothing new to Neymar; dribbling has been arguably the most prominent part of his game since first emerging at former club Santos, which is of little wonder considering how prolific he is in the art.

Moving at such high velocity, the slightest touch or tug can send a player at full speed tumbling, but Guti clearly feels the South American—and his two mentioned team-mates—exaggerate more than required.

The Academy Awards aren't scheduled to be announced until this Sunday, but Guti clearly feels Neymar's name may be missing from the nominees for Best Supporting Actor.