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FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JULY 04: Neymar of Brazil is challenged by Juan Camilo Zuniga of Colombia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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While most of the world was saddened by Neymar’s injury last week in Brazil’s 2-1 win over Colombia, a TV show in Argentina is having a bit of fun with the Brazilian’s misfortune. As we all know, Argentina and Brazil have a historic rivalry in South American soccer. But mocking a serious injury to a great "rival" player is not classy and the right thing to do, to say the least.

Neymar suffered a fractured vertebrae when Juan Camilo Zúñiga collided with the Brazilian late in the quarterfinal game. Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari stated after the game that Neymar told Marcelo, who ran toward Neymar as soon as the injury occurred, that Neymar yelled that he couldn't feel his legs as he began to panic. Some doctors in Brazil have stated that if the fracture would have occurred one inch higher, Neymar could have been paralyzed. Neymar is out for the rest of the World Cup, but is expected to make a full recovery without the need of surgery. 

Yet, dispite the seriousness of Neymar's injury, and how the injury was literally inches away from becoming a tragedy, an Argentine TV show found Neymar’s injury as an easy target for humor.

“Showmatch," one of Argentina’s most popular TV shows, mocked Neymar and his injury during Monday night’s broadcast. “Neymar” came out with a “doctor” to explain the injury. Neymar turns around and you can see the “leg” of Juan Camilo Zúñiga, still embedded in the Brazilian’s back.

At 1:57, the doctor tells the host “once we attended to him, we noticed that it was easier to amputate the Colombian’s (Zúñiga) leg than to remove his boot from Neymar’s back.” At 2:30, the doctor shares Neymar’s X-rays. As you can see from the video, the "X-rays" show Neymar’s spine with Zúñiga’s knee slammed into it, shattering Neymar’s spine. A second X-ray shows Zúñiga’s boot on Neymar’s back.

The doctor tells the host that Neymar would have preferred to have been bitten by Luis Suárez than to have suffered this injury.

Lastly, the doctor tells the host that Juan Camilo Zúñiga called Neymar. “Zúñiga called Neymar, but not to apologize, but to ask for his leg back.”

Stay classy, Argentine TV.

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