Neymar was named as the new captain of Brazil following the 2014 World Cup finals, but the 24-year-old could be stripped of the armband after picking up a needless yellow card against Uruguay during the international break.
Neymar was ruled out of Brazil’s next 2018 World Cup qualifier against Paraguay four days later after a dangerous challenge earned him a deserved yellow card. (Scroll down this page to watch the incident).
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Brazil could only manage a 2-2 draw against Uruguay and would have lost against Paraguay but for Dani Alves’ last-gasp equaliser.
The Seleção subsequently find themselves sixth in the CONMEBOL qualification group after six matches played and Dunga, the team’s head coach, is in danger of losing his job.
Video: Neymar's yellow card v Uruguay
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Cafu doesn't believe Neymar should be captain
It was Dunga who handed Neymar the captain’s armband after he was re-appointed by the CBF following Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany at the World Cup.
The Barcelona star is clearly Brazil’s best player and has matured since moving to Europe, but some people in his home country - including the great Cafu - are unconvinced that he’s ready at this stage of his career to lead the five-time world champions.
"I’m actually against Neymar being captain,” Cafu was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo back in October. “He doesn’t have the profile of a leader.
“We need to take responsibility off him. We have to let him enjoy himself. He doesn’t have to talk to the referee, to be the middleman between players and the coach. That is what a captain is for. He is the biggest icon in Brazilian football in 10 years, but for now he has to play, not lead. Miranda and David Luiz have better profiles for a captain."
Silva was 'hurt' after losing captaincy
Silva admitted he was “hurt” after having the captaincy taken away from him - and the CBF risk upsetting Neymar if they do the same to him.
"Sincerely, I didn't expect this," Silva was quoted as saying by Goal after losing the armband, "I would be lying if I said it didn't annoy me. It feels like something was taken away from me that was mine. It's painful and makes me sad.
"Especially because no one has come to talk to me about this. Neymar didn't approach me.
"But I think we must be prepared for everything, somehow, even if I thought I was going to come and play.
"I have to be ready to be on the bench also. We have quality players, like David Luiz and Miranda, so I knew that it was going to be hard, but I didn't expect to be dropped. But it's part of football and I'm ready to fight for my place back."
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