Neymar steps down as Brazil captain after winning gold in Rio

The Barcelona shining star gave up the captaincy of Brazil after helping them to clinch gold on home soil

Despite being booed by the Brazilian fans, Neymar guided his home country to an accolade they never achieved previously. The Olympics gold medal journey was like a roller coaster ride for Brazil and Neymar. However, it ended the way Barca ace and hosts wanted.

Brazilian supporters were heard chanting Marta’s name at every touch. However, Neymar proved himself to be the key player in Brazilian squad by guiding the South American giants to their first ever Olympic gold medal after beating Germany on penalties.

Neymar scored an impressive free-kick goal and he scored the decisive penalty to bring Brazil an Olympic glory. Right after his penalty, he broke down in tears.

Neymar burst into tears after clinching an Olympic gold medal for his country. Image Source (Link)

After the game, he announced that he will be turning down his captaincy and admitted to hand over the captain’s arm to Thiago Silva. Silva was remained the captain till 2014 World Cup and then Messi took over the captain’s armband from him.

He said:

“Today I stop being a captain. I will send a message to [senior coach] Tite that from now he can look for another captain. Today I have become a champion and I give up the captain’s armband. It was something I received and honoured with affection.”

The newly selected coach Tite has not been in charge of an official game for Brazil. He is to face a daunting task of naming a new captain. He will have to make a quick decision as Brazil will be facing Ecuador in early September.

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