Neymar failed to impress on his first World Cup outing since being stretchered off on home soil four years ago.

The Brazilian failed to inspire his nation to victory against Switzerland as they opened their Group F account with a 1-1 draw.

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In truth, Neymar wasn’t aided by referee Cesar Ramos, who repeatedly allowed him to be manhandled without serious punishment. He was fouled 10 times in total – the most in a World Cup match since 1998 – and appealed for plenty more.

There were two groups of people on social media: those who sided with the 26-year-old and those who did not.



Either way, it’s a little too early to make this verdict…