Neymar swaps a football for a rally car

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Neymar’s quick feet have seen him become one of the best forwards in the world for Brazil and Barcelona but now it is his speed of thought being put to the test.

The footballing ace jumped into Sebastien Ogier’s co-driver seat to navigate the Frenchman up Montserrat Mountain near Barcelona.

The striker is used to confusing defenders on the football pitch but it was Neymar who got muddled up this time, confusing his left and his right as Ogier sped along the mountain road.

Fun and games

The Frenchman traded in his usual co-driver, Julien Ingrassia, who has worked with the champion since 2006 but didn’t seem put off by Neymar’s inexperience with both men sporting big grins as they flew round the twists and turns.

The Frenchman took the opportunity to show off some tricks of his own, performing some doughnuts to leave the Brazilian dizzy.

Eventually though Ogier threw the directions to the floor and Neymar sat back and enjoyed the ride.

After getting out of the car the striker returned to his forte with the two playing a game of keep-ups.


The pair are in a rich vein of form in their respective sports; Neymar has managed 11 goals in just 13 La Liga appearances this season, to keep the Catalan giants within two points of Real Madrid.

Ogier meanwhile has won back to back World Rally Championship titles including 17 of his last 26 races since he started driving the Polo.

The 31-year-old currently races for Volkswagen in a modified Polo; the car sports a custom made gearbox, an engine that produces 315bhp and can go from 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. The reinforced steel body means that the weight is kept down to just 1200 kg.

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