Following Brazil's disastrous display at their own World Cup back in 2014, Neymar would have seen the Rio Olympic Games as the perfect chance to make amends.
Funnily enough, an Olympic gold medal is the only major prize to have alluded the Selecao in their glory-filled history. Sensing an opportunity to make history, Neymar was never going to miss it.
However, two goalless draws in their opening matches against South Africa and Iraq saw the golden boy become the target of raucous boos from unhappy fans. The crowds demanded the same level of performance he showed for Barcelona and weren't getting it.
A 4-0 win against Denmark was enough to see them through to the quarter-final but fans were still unhappy with their style of play. The boos continued, but Neymar still had time to repair the damage.
A South American grudge match against Colombia would serve as a date with destiny for Neymar. Lose, and his reputation could be tarnished beyond repair. Win, and it will all be forgotten. He chose the latter.
Brazil battled to a 2-0 win with Neymar himself scoring the crucial opening goal. Not only was it important, but it was also rather spectacular. The 24-year-old managed to find the back of the net from 30-yards after hammering a free-kick.
Unfortunately, the official footage is hard to come by but one fan was sitting in the perfect place to see just how good the goal was. Take a look at the ridiculous swerve Neymar generates on the ball in the video below.
A different view
Brazil will now play Honduras in the semi-final after the Central American nation beat South Korea 1-0 in the quarter-finals. Brazil will go into the tie as heavy favourites to reach the gold medal match.
Germany and Nigeria play in the other semi-final after Germany trounced Portugal 4-0 while the Africans overcame Denmark 2-0.
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