Neymar reveals his four footballing idols while growing up - and there are some surprises

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For much of the summer months, the footballing world was focused on Brazilian superstar, Neymar.

The South American's name was over every newspaper in the world as he completed a stunning €222m move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona.

To be fair, his name has kept cropping up as he continues to dazzle in the French capital, scoring a hatful of goals and showing the world that he is a future Ballon d'Or winner.

Of course, there was the rather odd incident with Edinson Cavani which saw the two squabble over which one got to take a penalty against Lyon.

However, they appear to have settled the dispute and have turned in some brilliant displays since for PSG.

Neymar is currently on international duty with Brazil, with the Selecao having secured passage to the World Cup finals a while ago.

They have dominated qualifying, with the 25-year-old the stand out man in their star-studded team.

He is now the poster boy of the Brazilian team but just who were his idols while growing up and dreaming of turning out for the Selecao?


Well, he has revealed all and the four players he has chosen may surprise a few people.


The likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario and Romario don't make the list, however, one big Brazilian name does feature; Rivaldo.

"My story as a Palmeiras fan did not last long because I was very young, but my idols were Evair, Marcos, Rivaldo and Alex," he explained in an interview with Palmeiras TV, per Marca.

The other three men are not exactly household names. Evair was a striker who scored a tonne of goals for Palmeiras in the early 1990's.

Marcos was the club's goalkeeper and was also Brazil's first-choice goalkeeper during the 2002 World Cup.

Finally, Alex was a diminutive little playmaker who had an absolute wand of a left foot, which he regularly used fro set pieces.

Palmeiras v Santos X

So, there you have it, then men Neymar idolised as a child and now, the roles have been reversed with every youngster in Brazil looking up to the country's newest star.

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