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Peru Defender Slams 'Clown' Neymar

Peru defender Carlos Zambrano has slammed Brazil star Neymar, calling him a "clown" following their clash in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier earlier this week.

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Neymar scored a hat-trick in the Selecao's 4-2 win over Peru early on Wednesday morning, which saw him become the nation's second-highest goalscorer in history.

However, Zambrano was far from impressed with what he perceived to be the Paris Saint-Germain star's play-acting in the fixture, saying the playmaker was looking out for even the slightest of touches.

"Honestly, he is a great player, one of the best in the world, but for me, he is a real clown," Zambrano said on TV show La Banda del Chino.

"In the penalty area, he threw himself four or five times to see if they would award him a penalty, and in the end, he achieved his goal, with two penalties, but they weren't.

"It's Brazil and at the touch (immediately), they went to look at the VAR. Whether the play was positive or negative, they did review the images because it is Brazil."

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Neymar has 64 goals in 103 games for Brazil, which saw him overtake legendary striker Ronaldo Nazario's tally for the South American nation, and is now just 13 goals away from drawing level with Pele as the player who has scored the most goals for the Selecao.

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