Pretty much every football fan in the world would be delighted if they were handed the match-worn shirt of Barcelona superstar Neymar - it’d fetch a fortune on eBay - but the match official who refereed Brazil versus Peru earlier this week snubbed the forward’s offer after the final whistle.
Following Brazil’s 3-0 win, Neymar approached Jose Hernando Buitrago and offered him his shirt - we’re not entirely sure why - but the referee shook his head. Respect.
Buitrago will have been acutely aware of the accusations that would have been thrown his way had he accepted the shirt and was best off to refuse the offer. (Scroll down this page to watch a video of the incident).
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Neymar may have been a little taken aback by the referee’s refusal. After all, he is one of football’s global stars.
In fact, some - including his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez - believe Neymar is now the second-best player in the world in front of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neymar: Barcelona's dangerman for El Clasico
The 23-year-old will have an opportunity to prove that Suarez is right on Sunday afternoon when Barcelona travel to the Bernabeu for the first Clasico of the season.
With Lionel Messi unlikely to be fit enough to start against Real Madrid, Luis Enrique will once again be looking to Neymar and Suarez to provide the firepower for Barcelona in order to secure all three points.
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