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Neymar steps down as Brazil captain

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Neymar produced a wonderful performance to help Brazil secure Olympic Gold on Saturday night but then stepped down as captain of the national side. 

The 24-year-old struck a glorious free-kick after just 27 minutes to give Brazil a first half lead, but Germany took the game all the way to penalties thanks to Max Meyer's equaliser. 

But, on this occasion, there was no stopping Neymar and co., who secured a 5-4 shootout win.

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In fact, it was Neymar who struck the winning penalty moments after Germany's Nils Petersen saw his strike his saved by Weverton Pereira da Silva.

But it was what happened following the clash that would have surprised the adoring Brazil faithful. 

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Neymar decision 

Neymar, who was made Brazil captain by Dunga back in 2014, has insisted that it's time for the national team to appoint a new skipper. 

“I don't take it as a pressure, it is you (the press) who say it,” Neymar said to TV Globo, as per Goal.

“But today, as a champion, I am giving (up) the captain's armband. I was glad to receive it, I have honored it, but today I am (leaving it). Tite can choose another captain."

It was certainly an emotional occasion for Neymar, but it's far from certain as to whether he will reverse his decision. 

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At 24, it could have been assumed that the forward would have led his country for the next decade, but that now appears to be out of the question. Despite his relatively young age, Neymar has already racked up 70 caps and 46 goals for his country. 

He will most definitely have an instrumental role to play over the coming years, but he will not be leading the team. 

Barca on fire 

For now, though, it's fair to say that Neymar's focus will once again return to Barcelona. The Catalans - without Neymar - recorded a thumping 6-2 victory in their La Liga opener against Real Betis. 

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Luis Suarez (3), Lionel Messi (2) and Arda Turan struck the goals for Luis Enrique's side on what proved to be a fine day for all involved with the club. 

Has Neymar made the right decision by stepping down as Brazi captain? Have your say below! 

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