Neymar has declared his intention to step down as Brazil captain after scoring the winning penalty in the 5-4 shootout victory over Germany that gave his country Olympic gold.
“It was an honour to be captain, but from today I stop being captain. I will send a message to [senior coach] Tite that from now, he can look for another captain.” Neymar said, in a televised interview after Brazil’s historic gold medal win against Germany in Rio on Sunday.
Neymar, who has has won the Confederations Cup with Brazil and the Champions League with Barcelona, said: “I do not like to put one title above the other — every competition I contest and win is important.”
“Of course, it had great importance to Brazil and thank God we did it — after a lot of struggling, work and concentration.”
“I don’t have words to say anything,” Neymar said later, sobbing. “I can’t describe my feelings right now. I just want to thank my teammates, my friends and my family, who have been by my side during the most difficult moments. It wasn’t easy. I don’t know what else to say, I’m just really happy.”
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