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We're more than accustomed to seeing the Brazilian forward criticise opponents and referees but Neymar's national and club teammate, Thiago Silva, has revealed that even he had to put up with some abuse from the temperamental attacker.

"Things were never easy in my life, so why would they be now?"

In Brazil's opening match against Switzerland, a 1-1 draw, Neymar was fouled 10 times. And for 90 minutes against Costa Rica, it was more of the same.

Brazil is likely to advance to the group stage, so expect to see a whole lot more World Cup-related content on Gisele's Instagram feed in the coming weeks. He first flopped to the ground in front of goal, hoping to draw a penalty.

That raised fears, particularly as it was just above the foot that he fractured playing for Paris Saint-Germain in late February, before undergoing surgery. Neymar apparently was angry with Silva for giving the ball back to Costa Rica in the 83rd minute because Neymar considered the Costa Ricans to be time wasting.

It will be the only change after Neymar was passed fit despite appearing to be troubled by an ankle injury during training this week.

The team's biggest star played from the start Friday and scored Brazil's second goal in injury time in the important victory that kept the five-time world champions in a good position to advance to the next round.

"I was saddened by his behaviour", Silva said.

The Brazil manager, Tite, insisted Neymar would reach his "best level" at the World Cup after his team's 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica in St Petersburg. "I was very sad about that insult".

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