‘Damn Daniel’ was the early internet craze of 2016, and now Barcelona duo Rafinha and Neymar have put their own spin on the viral trend.
The pair left the Camp Nou following Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday with Neymar sporting a pair of flashy trainers that light up.
The shoes caught the attention of his compatriot and teammate Rafinha, who repeatedly exclaims: “Damn Neymar, damn!”
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The original ‘Damn Daniel’ video has been viewed millions of times across various online platforms but it’s safe to say Daniel’s white Vans aren’t as brazen as Neymar’s trainers.
The 24-year-old, who scored in yesterday’s game, even gives a little jiggle to show off his bright sneakers.
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Watch the 'Damn Neymar!' video
Neymar, of course, has plenty of reasons to be dancing. Barcelona are through to the quarter-finals of the European tournament following the 5-1 aggregate win over the Gunners and are on course to become the first team in history to win back-to-back Champions League titles.
Not only that, but Barca have an eight-point lead atop La Liga and have sealed their place in May’s Copa del Rey final.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi followed up Neymar’s first-half strike to ensure Barca’s progression and Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the deadly trio.
MSN are artists
"In the final third, Barcelona's passing accuracy and creativity is exceptional," the Arsenal boss reflected, per the BBC.
“We played against a team who has the best strikers I have seen.The three together are absolutely exceptional.
“From nothing, they can create a chance, especially Messi. He didn't miss a first touch, no matter where the ball came from.
“At some stage in our sport, we must admire art and they have two or three players who transform normal life into art. I respect that and I believe it is pleasure as well. For me, it is suffering.”
106 and counting
‘MSN’, as they are known, have combined to score 106 times this season. The main concern of the rest of Europe is that none of the three were at their scintillating best during the two games against Arsenal yet scored all five of Barcelona’s goals.
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are the main contenders for the crown but neither are on Barca’s currently level. Pep Guardiola’s team nearly exited the tournament at the hands of Juventus but for Thomas Muller’s 91st-minute equaliser, before they went on to win the tie in extra-time.
Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid are 12 points behind Barca in the La Liga standings and lost 4-0 to the Catalan club in their last meeting.
Luis Enrique summed it up best after the Arsenal win. “The only team I don’t want to face [in the quarter-finals] is Barça,” he said, per the club’s website.
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