Agence France-PresseJune 30, 2013 22:01
It could be the legend truly began here. Brazilian starlet Neymar has had to put up with the billing "the next Pele" almost since he made his debut for his country in 2010 in the unlikely surroundings of East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Needless to say, the man born Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, scored and, in a country which demands footballing heros, expectations soared.
"We played even better than expected," beamed Neymar after Sunday's Confederations Cup demolition job on world champions Spain.