A Lesson in Being ~Extra~ from the 2018 World Cup Players

Every sport has its drama kings and queens. (LeBron: I’m looking at you, boo.) But soccer players—as illustrated by the players in the 2018 World Cup, which comes to an end this weekend—are basically the Joanne The Scammer of professional athletes.

In an attempt to get penalties (flags? time-outs? I’m not exactly sure how soccer works), the players insanely exaggerate every bump, fall, or graze to appear injured at the hands of the opposite team. It’s worth noting that this is a sport that involves hurdling your body parts toward a not-soft ball that’s moving very fast.

Behold Team Brazil player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior’s reaction to a player from the opposite team stepping on his ankle. Note: Stepping. As in, not stomping:

some say neymar is still rolling ?? pic.twitter.com/TjbAOplhfJ

Sometimes players act out when they feel frustrated with a call. Take, for example, this temper tantrum:

When you still have to wait another 2 days until the FIFA World Cup final ? pic.twitter.com/V8V9mJ0Cch

Or maybe one player experiences sympathy drama for a friend like this guy:

Suarez gets hit so hard it takes out Cavani too #URU #WorldCup18 #bbcworldcup pic.twitter.com/vE4rXaPUcg

The lesson? If you feel like you’re being treated unfairly, or falling victim to imposter syndrome, or just need a break from work, just casually lose your shit, do your thing, and then pretend it didn’t happen.


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