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Valencia legend Mario Kempes defends Barcelona star Neymar showboating

Valencia legend Mario Kempes has defended the showboating of Neymar.

The Barcelona star is being criticised for playing up against Leganes, with Michael Laudrup particularly critical.

But Kempes saw no problem with the antics, telling Radio Marca: "Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo also did worse things than Neymar and then nobody says anything.

"Neymar plays like he is on Copacabana beach because that's how they play in his country."

Barca won 5-1 at Leganes on Saturday.

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