Following his Olympic games triumph for Brazil at the Rio 2016, captain Neymar has announced he’ll step down as captain.
The Barcelona forward made the declaration after helping Brazil win gold at the Games. The Brazilian scored a stunning free kick to put his country up and scored the winning penalty.
However, following the victory, the 24-year-old announced he would no longer wear the armband, leaving it up to Brazil coach Tite to choose his successor.
“I don’t take it as a pressure, it is you (the press) who say it,” Neymar said to TV Globo. “But today, as a champion, I am giving (up) the captain’s armband. I was glad to receive it, I have honored it, but today I am (leaving it). Tite can choose another captain.”
Neymar was made the team captain by former coach Dunga for in September 2014. While he did not participate in the 2016 Copa America for Brazil, he took up the armband for the country’s Rio Olympics and was instrumental in his team’s historic victory, being moved to tears after hitting the winning penalty.