Fred reveals his disappointment at Brazil's World Cup quarter-final exit

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Already the only continent to win three World Cups in a row, Europe is now guaranteed to extend that to four in the July 15 final in Moscow.

Shearer echoed the sentiment of the majority of football fans, who were disappointed to see a player of Neymar's calibre constantly attempting to deceive the referee with gamesmanship.

"Maybe he's going to sing La Marseillaise, but he's with us now and doing a great job".

Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Benjamin Mendy will all keep the sly blue flag flying in the World Cup semi-finals.

While another added: "Still can't accept that Brazil is out of World Cup 2018".

What's more, the wide-open remaining field in Russian Federation features players who, if they perform decisively in a winning cause, will have demonstrably better Ballon d'Or credentials than Neymar and push the big two harder than they have been at any stage over the past decade.

All that people seem to remember of Brazil's star Neymar at World Cup 2018, especially after his team was ousted by Belgium in the quarter-final, are his theatrics on the field.

This was supposed to be the World Cup where the greats dazzled with a string of performances that would leave fans purring and have future generations uttering their names for years to come.

What this all suggests it that is harder and harder to score from open play, making the degree of difficulty that much higher. In 2017, he outscored Messi and Ronaldo.

Neymar sometimes goes too far with his theatrics, according to former Brazil global Julio Baptista.

Leading up to Russian Federation 2018 the questions being asked revolved around the three players regarded as the best on the planet: Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. He has good players around him, but we have those too.

And so it is De Bruyne and Belgium who march on to play France Tuesday.

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