Neymar was the butt of his own joke Image: AFP
Brazil superstar Neymar was heavily criticised during and after the recently-concluded World Cup for his willingness to hit the ground. While football pundits had a go at him for his theatrics and 'alleged' eagerness to take a dive, people on social media decided to poke fun at him with humorous memes and videos of the Brazil superstar continuously rolling on the ground, writhing in pain.
A #NeymarChallenge also became popular on social media, where people, well, just dive or fall to the ground.
In most cases, you'd expect the butt of all jokes and criticism to lash out or try and fight the detractors. But Neymar took a unique 'if you can't beat them, join them approach' to the situation and decided to poke fun at himself.
On Thursday, the 26-year-old posted a video on Instagram, where he can be seen surrounded by a few children. Neymar shouts 'One, two, three' as a cue to the children hitting the floor.
In a follow-up interview with Fox Sports, the Paris Saint-Germain attacker said, "I was joking. Since everybody is hopping on the bandwagon, I take it as a joke. I am not upset. It was just a moment I was with the kids and I decided to do it."