Brazil hero Neymar has stepped down as captain of the national side after firing them to Olympic gold in remarkable fashion on Saturday , August 20th night as reported by Daily Mails.
At their home Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil won the gold medal match against Germany after Neymar struck a 25-yard free-kick and then slotted home the winning penalty in a shoot-out.
Admitting after the game that it doesn’t get much better than that, the 24-year-old told Brazilian media, “Today I stop being a captain.
“I will send a message to Tite (Brazil’s coach) that from now he can look for another captain. Today I have become a champion and I give up the captain’s armband. It was something I received and honoured with affection.”
The Barcelona forward also labelled the Olympic gold as one of the best moments of his life, as he sent a packed Maracana into raptures.
Brazil won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, and Neymar was the man to slot home the crucial spot-kick.
“This is one of the best things that have happened in my life. That’s it,” he said.
“Now my critics will have to shut up.
“I can’t begin to describe my feelings. I have fulfilled my dream and to have fulfilled it in my home country makes me very proud.”