“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” – Gary Lineker.
Well, this time Germany couldn’t handle the Brazilian team in the Olympics final. Germany lost 5-4 on penalties, after playing out a 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time.
Neymar scored the winning fifth penalty, and made history with the whole team. Did you know that Brazil has won five World Cups, but never an Olympic gold medal?
Yes, that’s right. The once dominating football force had never won an Olympic gold medal before:
Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Bebeto, Dunga, Cafu and Rivaldo were part of the Brazilian team in 1998. This team with extremely skilful players just couldn’t live up to the expectations.
The gold medal doesn’t make up for the painful lost from Germany, but it sure eases the pain. Maybe the problem with the 1998 generation was too many big names?
There’s no doubt that Ronaldo was magnificent for Brazil, but so was Rivaldo.
Things are changed now, and Brazil has only one leader; Neymar.
They still poses the famous Samba style of play, and Neymar is not the only skillful player in the team.
Coutinho, Douglas Costa, Willian are just a few names world-class players who poses the Samba spirit as well.
But there’s a reason why Neymar is wearing the captain armband!
He truly is a leader, and every Barca fan is proud of his success on the Olympics. Because in a way, Neymar owns a lot to Barcelona.
Every now and then, we hear about a young Brazilian player described as the next Ronaldinho, or Rivaldo, or even Ronaldo.
But very few of them lived up to the hype.
Neymar was once a part of that group, but his dedication to the game took him to another level. Before Barcelona, Neymar played for Santos and many people had doubts if he could handle playing in Europe against the big boys.
But Barcelona took a chance with him, and paid $96.6 million for the Brazilian prodigy. His first season (2013) at Baca wasn’t so impressive.
At least not enough to justify the price of $96.6 million.
Things changed in the 2014/2015 season, and he went from scoring 9 goals in his first season to scoring 22 goals in La Liga only.
He went from a skinny kid with impressive dribbling skills, to a mature and efficient player. Besides hard work, his success heavily depends on Barcelona.
The Spanish league suits him well, and he gets the chance to learn from the very best; Lionel Messi.
“I am not there to see. But I believe the attention and dedication I had for Messi, is the same thing Messi is doing for Neymar because it’s very important for a more experienced player to share things with younger players.” – Ronaldinho.
The two linked up perfectly:
Which lead to Barcelona wining the treble in 2015/2016 season.
Now, after winning the Golden medal, Neymar will return to Barcelona with more experience and hunger for winning even more trophies.
That’s exactly why every Barca fan is happy for Neymar’s success at the Olympics!