Neymar and Brazil prioritized the soccer tournament at the Olympics over Copa América Centenario. And with big help from goalkeeper Weverton, that decision paid off big time as the hosts brought home the gold medal in soccer for the first time after defeating Germany. After each team scored its first four penalties, Weverton stepped up to deny Nils Petersen. This gave Neymar the opportunity he’s likely always dreamed of. And Neymar made no mistake.
This game was all about Neymar as he initially gave Brazil the lead with a stunning free kick.
Neymar then dedicated his celebration to soccer fanatic Usain Bolt, who happened to come out to watch the game. Behold, the two coolest guys at the Olympics.
Brazil started the tournament in disappointing fashion. Scoreless draws against South Africa and Iraq elicited boos from the home crowd. Neymar bore the brunt of that frustration, as fans expected more from him and questioned his lifestyle and preparation. The weight of the pressure being lifted – along with the joy of winning Brazil its first Olympic title in soccer – could clearly be seen on Neymar’s face as soon as his kick hit the back of the net. He almost immediately broke into tears.
But there was no stopping Brazil as it picked up wins over Denmark, Colombia, Honduras, and now Germany. The result is even sweeter considering the 7-1 humiliation handed out by Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup. All in all, it was a night Neymar and Brazilian fans will never forget, and it could be a fresh start for a national team that has disappointed in recent years.