Neymar wins Gold for Brazil
Brazil have finally avenged their humiliating World Cup 7-1 defeat to Germany two years ago with Olympic gold against the Nationalelf. Of course Brazilian legend Neymar was instrumental in today’s win and helped Brazil to its first ever Gold mMedal in football.
Brazil won Olympic gold when they beat Germany 1-1 and then 5-4 on penalties. Neymar struck first in the match when he curved a brilliant free kick into the top left in the first half. After the break, Germany scored when Max Meyer struck a 59th-minute equalizer. The game went into extra-time with the Maracana crowd biting their nails, but no victor emerged. Then came the penalty shootout. It was 4-4 but Brazilian keeper Weverton made an impressive save when he stopped Germany’s Nils Petersen’s penalty. Up next was Neymar who had the chance to clinch the gold medal if he could keep his nerve. He approached the ball slowly as he does, then hesitated to try and wrong foot the keeper, then followed up with a strike to the lower right corner. The home crowd went berserk and the emotion and realization of winning gold led Neymar to tears. He said:
“This is one of the best things that has happened in my life. That’s it.”
Neymar’s Olympic campaign has been nothing short of stunning. In his previous match he scored the fastest goal in Olympic history after a mere 15 seconds from kick-off. The Brazilian plays as a forward alongside Lionel Messi for Barcelona FC one of the best clubs in the world. He is also widely considered to be a future Ballon d’Or winner, a trophy given to the best player each year. Often compared to Pele, Neymar is on-track to beat his goal record for Brazil. Neymar is also compared to another Brazilian legend who played for Barcelona, i.e, Ronaldinho. While Diego Maradona famously announced that Messi was his successor, so to has Pele said Neymar is his successor. Time will tell all, but for now, the 24 year old looks poised to be one of the legends of the beautiful game.