Feature: Neymar renews Brazil’s number 10 love affair

“By asking for the number 10 shirt, Neymar gave a clear sign that he believes he is now ready to live up to the expectations that have awaited him ever since his fledgling steps for Santos as a prodigious 17-year-old. He has played down the switch, insisting the number has “no importance”, but he will know, like any Brazilian, that it symbolises the heritage of the pastime by which the entire nation defines itself.”

After Neymar put Japan to the sword in Brazil’s Confederations Cup opener on Saturday, I looked at how he measures up against the great Brazilian number 10s of yesteryear. You can read my piece for AFP here.

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