Neymar the Redeemer: How Brazil's boy wonder came to carry the hopes of a nation

On July 2, 2010, Brazilians were still hungover. Just hours before, the Seleção had been beaten 2-1 by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. But Pelé was on TV to remind them what they had look to forward to. "In four years' time we will play at home and there will be talented youngsters like Neymar, Paulo Henrique Ganso, Alexandre Pato, Leandro Damião," he declared. "And we will still have experienced players such as Kaká, Ronaldinho, Adriano, Robinho."


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