Neymar Challenge

Neymar Challenge

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Updated Mar 04, 2019 at 03:37PM EST by Brad.

Added Jul 09, 2018 at 01:37PM EDT by Matt.

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The Neymar Challenge is a social game in which people parody soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, who was widely mocked for his reaction to a foul during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In the challenge, the participants drop to the ground and roll for an extended period of time, much like the player, reacting to a minor injury or a person yelling "Neymar."


On June 27th, during a World Cup game, Neymar was fouled, and after being hit, dropped to the ground and rolled excessvily. A gif of the moment was uploaded to Twitter [1] by @RealitySocial, which received more than 11,000 retweets and 24,000 likes in two weeks.


That day, Twitter[2] user @isxxvii retweeted a parody video of a soccer player overreacting to a foul by rolling out of the stadium and into public. They commented on the video (shown below), "#NeymarChallenge?"

On July 2nd, Twitter[3] user @soycrystalmeza tweeted a video of a group of people at a gym dropping to the ground and rolling like Neymar. They captioned the post, "#NeymarChallenge 😂." The post (shown below, left) received more than 60 retweets and 200 likes.

Three days later, Twitter[5] user @inakialvarez tweeted a video of a whole soccer field of players participating in the challenge. The post (shown below, right) received more than 10,000 retweets and 24,000 like in four days.

Additionally, people began tagging a video of a mouse playing dead as a cat attempts to eat it with the hashtag. Twitter[4] user @shazeensamad shared the video with the #NeymarChallenge tag on July 6th. The post (shown below, right) received more than 950 retweets and 1,900 likes in three days.

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They should implement more severe punishments for faking injuries. Not only does this make football look somewhat foolish and matches unnecessarily longer but it also puts those with real injuries at risk of being accused of faking injuries and ignored. Imagine that someone has cardiac arrest and referees decide that they are faking it without checking. I know that's extreme but something like this could happen.


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