The statement was published hours after the Brazil-Mexico match, Monday.
Belgium were emphatic in the second half, but right before Chadli's goal, Japan actually had a short spell of dominance.
As the match continued Neymar's "performance" intensified, with some calling him a "great footballer, even better actor". "The players who defend against him make fouls because it's always hard to defend Neymar and take the ball without fouling him".
Ronaldo's comments came as fans and pundits, many of them Brazilians, hit out at what they saw as play-acting by English players in their shootout win over Colombia. "He is an excellent player, one of the five best players in the world", the 57-year-old Matthaeus, who won the 1990 world Cup with West Germany, told reporters.
"I don't care about criticism or praise, because that can influence your attitude".
Here's a look at some talking points from another wonderful day of action at the World Cup.
After releasing Willian with a back-heel, Neymar raced into the penalty area and slid to tap his teammate's return cross into the net.
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"Neymar does not need [to do] it".
Neymar must help Brazil lift the trophy next week if he wants to join the greats, according to the World Cup victor who first took home FIFA's top individual award.
However, he has faced accusations of diving at this year's World Cup.
With only two goals, Neymar is lagging well behind England star Harry Kane's tournament-leading tally of five goals. "At the top level, this is a lot", said Tite after Brazil booked their spot in the quarterfinals.
But Southgate said he was already looking forward to Saturday's quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.
The world's most expensive player is edging back towards his best after missing the final three-and-a-half months of the club season due to injury as he scored his second goal of the tournament and set up Firmino's late tap-in. I just have to play football, help my team, I came to win, not for something else.