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Neymar argues with Brazil fans after winning Olympic gold

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24/7

If anyone was going to score the winning penalty for Brazil at their own Olympics, it was always going to be Neymar.

The Barcelona star endured a difficult start in Rio but came to life later in the tournament, eventually inspiring his side to gold over Germany in the final.

It was Neymar's free-kick that gave Brazil a first-half lead at the Maracana on Saturday night, only for Max Meyer to level the scores and send the game to extra-time.

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A penalty shootout soon followed and after Germany's Nils Petersen missed their fifth penalty, Neymar stepped up to potentially seal a famous victory.

And he did just that, falling to his knees and crying after finding the top-right corner; it was written in the stars.

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Jubilation soon turned to frustration for Neymar, though, when he got involved in a heated exchange with fans in the crowd.

The 24-year-old, wearing his gold medal, was visibly furious by whatever was said and had to be restrained by security guards (see below).

It's unknown what exactly Neymar was so angry about, but one can hazard a guess that he was criticised for his performances early on at the Rio Olympics.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian is now an Olympic champion and, in an unprecedented move, he has now stepped down as captain.

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He told SporTV, per ESPN: "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 Tite that, from now, he can look for another captain."

Neymar was also asked whether winning Olympic gold was his greatest achievement, to which he replied: "I do not like to put one title above the other - every competition I contest and win is important.

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"Of course, it had great importance to Brazil and thank God we did it, after a lot of struggling, work and concentration.

"No one wins alone."

His focus will now be on preparing for the 2016/17 La Liga season with Barcelona, who secured an impressive 6-2 victory in their opening game against Real Betis over the weekend.

Luis Suarez (hat-trick) and Lionel Messi (two) were both on the scoresheet, with Arda Turan breaking the deadlock after just six minutes.

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