Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, commonly known as Neymar is a Brazilian superstar striker who is considered one of the best players in the world. He is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.
He often becomes target of criticism and laughter because of his deliberate acts of playing a victim card by feigning injuries. He has shown enough examples of his act in the ongoing Football World Cup 2018 in Russia. The Swiss broadcaster RTS Sport has done a detailed research on the Brazilian superstar and counted how much time Neymar has spent during the five World Cup matches of the Brazilian team on the ground.
The spectators were left unimpressed with Neymar’s injury antics during the crucial World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico. Neymar is quite famous for his unique ball skill, but is equally as famous for faking injuries during big games.
In a video which has become viral, he can be seen rolling around, clutching his ankle, and biting his finger supposedly in agony. The game was interrupted and Neymar needed a few minutes of treatment and soon out of nowhere sprang back into action.
In the very first game against Switzerland, Neymar remained on the ground for three minutes and 40 seconds, in the next game against Costa Rica, he was on ground for another two minutes and 44 seconds and in the last preliminary round match against Serbia a minute and 56 seconds.
In the pre-quarterfinal match against Mexico in Samara alone, it was five minutes and 29 seconds, two minutes after Mexican defender Miguel Layun kicked him. Overall, Neymar spent almost 14 minutes on the ground, in five World Cup matches. But all these histrionics were not good enough to prolong the stay of five times world champion in the tournament and were simply outclassed by Belgium in a quarter final match.
The striker is usually ridiculed for acting out in by several former players and coaches. “It’s a shame for the game, a negative example for the world, for children and an adverse publicity for the game of football. There should be limit on such acting, because it had a big impact on us. I think we lost the thread because of referee’s decisions in the second half ” said Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio after the World Cup knockout round, which his team lost by 2-0.
If we look for parallel for this gifted player from Brazil, we need not to go very far. We have our own drama queen in India and he is none other than our Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. No one can beat him if it comes about playing to the gallery and creating dramas.
On Feb 21, 2014 while addressing a youth rally at Ahmedabad, he launched a blistering attack at Congress by saying that Congress always looked for chances to kill him or beat him. He further added that Congress didn’t like the fact that a tea seller was challenging such a big political empire.
Mr Modi said that Congress leaders may throw muck and let loose the CBI and Income Tax to harass him but still they would not be able to stop him from serving the country. He also made an emotional pitch saying he had not left his house for any post or for fame.
Mr Modi also made a huge drama about army’s surgical strike in September, 2016 in order to gain some TRPs. In 2014 during election campaign, he boasted that if elected he will bring 10 Pakistani soldier’s head in lieu of one dead Indian soldier. After coming to power, he forgot his promise and Indian soldiers kept losing their lives.
We are not questioning whether the supposed surgical strike took place or not. It wasn’t as if surgical strike happened for the first time. It is normal practice for our army to conduct such strikes whenever the situation is ripe for such actions but it was for the first time that such routine army exercises were used for political benefit.
In April this year, PM Modi went on a daylong fast to protest against the logjam in the Parliament. The main opposition party Congress termed the fast undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leaders as nothing but a photo-opportunity. Now this act of Prime Minister was anything but drama considering it was his own government which wasted 250 hours of Parliament.
Last month, there was news regarding unearthing of a conspiracy to assassinate PM Modi in “Rajiv Gandhi style”. Maharashtra Police made an explosive revelation in June this year after recovering a letter from an alleged naxal operative in Pune. The police claimed to have exposed a plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was hatched by Maoists.
At first, the Pune police arrested five activists in connection with Bheema Koregaon violence, alleging their links with the Maoists who funded the Elgar Yatra, which was organised to celebrate 200 years of Bhima-Koregaon battle. Two days later, the police said all these accused were involved in a conspiracy to kill PM and came out with two e mails describing the plan to assassinate Modi.
The interesting part of the entire investigation was that before the e mails could reach the court, they were accessed by a pro BJP TV channel and a BJP spokesperson. After the e mails went public, the Police Chief Satish Mathur came with a ridiculous explanation that the letters were leaked by Maoists. This threat to PM was clearly a publicity stunt for getting public sympathy.
Interestingly, since 2009 such conspiracies to kill PM Modi have surfaced many times. Gujarat police have exposed four such ploys but never bothered to reveal the details of such investigations which raise questions regarding the authenticity of such claims. Even the former police officers who have dealt with Naxals and Maoists questioned the veracity of the e mails. In fact, one didn’t need to be an expert to realise that the letters were fictitious. One has to be really naive to believe Maoists could write such detailed plans to execute the PM in an e mail. Surprisingly, when the five activists were presented before the court, the police did not even mention the plot to kill PM. On contrary, in the next hearing on June 14, police twisted the original plot to kill PM and claimed that the accused were planning to organise a lecture in the memory of alleged naxalite Navin Babu at JNU.
The similarity between Neymar and Modi doesn’t end here. They may have chosen to be the drama queens for obvious reasons but in the end dram doesn’t pay. Neymar deliberately indulged in drama on the football field to get a much needed free kick or a penalty in order to bring a victory for his team which eluded him in the end. Similarly, Mr Modi plays the role of a drama queen to impress his voters but he forgets that people may be fooled by his antics on few times but in the end, it is his performance as a Prime Minister which is going to matter and not these tricks.