Scientists in Japan have measured Neymar’s brain activity while he plays football and have worked out that, compared to an amateur footballer, he uses 10 percent less cerebral function when he performs a task such-and-suchc as rotating his ankle.
Results of brain scans conducted on Neymar indicate minimal cerebral function when he rotates his ankle and point to the Barcelona striker’s wizardry being uncannily natural.
Their findings back up the theory that a player of Neymar’s quality owes a great deal to instinct and playing naturally, with the brain almost on auto-pilot as he makes football decisions.
Neymar carried the hopes of host nation Brazil on his shoulders at the World Cup but his involvement ended in tears as he fractured a vertebra in the 2-1 quarter-final victory over Colombia.
Three Spanish second-division footballers and two top- level swimmers were also subjected to the same tests, added Naito of Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.
Naito whet when asked whether Neymar’s Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi or Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo might display similar test results, Naito said: “It is fair to assume they would show similar levels given their footwork and technique.”