Barcelona’s Brazilian ace has tangled with the Swedish defender a few times, and it seems as though he’s left a lasting legacy
Mikael Lustig clearly doesn’t care about reputations. Celtic’s Swedish defender who is now in his sixth season at the club hasn’t held back while away on international duty, and when asked about one of his regular rivals he was at pains to point out one of the key things about his game. Diving and that rival is Neymar.
Speaking ahead of Sweden’s clash with Belarus, Lustig was asked who he thought football’s biggest diver was, He said;
Neymar Jr. He always falls very light, you can barely touch him.
The defender has faced Barca six times in the Champions League since 2012, with Neymar playing in the most recent four of those games and scoring four goals in the process
“There weren’t any heavy tackles,” Lustig continued, “it was just two guys who moaned at each other. It was nothing special.
“He’s better than me, so to compete you try to stay close and sometimes you need to pull tricks and get into his head.
“It was job done when he reacted but I didn’t show my experience when I chased after him and got a yellow as well!”