Neymar steps down as Brazil captain

Neymar has said that he will step down as Brazil captain after scoring the winning penalty in the 5-4 shootout victory over Germany that gave his country Olympic gold.

The Barcelona player was appointed as skipper by Dunga following the 2014 World Cup, in which hosts Brazil were demolished 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals – a match Neymar missed through injury.

After his penalty earned Brazil a memorable triumph, securing the only international honour the country had yet to win, the 24-year-old told SporTV: “Today I have become a champion, and I give up the captain’s armband.

“It was an honour to be captain, but from today I stop being captain. I will send a message to [senior coach] Tite that, from now, he can look for another captain.”

Neymar, who has won the Confederations Cup with Brazil and the Champions League with Barcelona, said: “I do not like to put one title above the other – every competition I contest and win is important.

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