It’s as if Neymar has personally taken it upon himself to answer the naive critics who claimed he was overrated (we’re looking at you Joey Barton, and we’re mouthing the word pr*ck).
In Brazil’s first game of the Confederations Cup he scored a wonder goal after three minutes, waited until nine minutes in their second game against Mexico and then last night scored a golazo as his side beat Italy 4-2.
Just a few minutes after Georgio Chiellini had scored a contraversial equaliser to cancel out Dante’s first half opener, Neymar himself won a free kick on the edge of the box. Running up to strike it, the forward wrong-footed Gianluigi Buffon and rifled the ball into the top right hand corner.
With three goals in three games (and three man of the match awards too), Neymar is fast becoming the Player of the Tournament.