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Viral Video of the Day: Neymar Schools Innocent Bystander with Ball Trick

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJuly 16, 2012

Behold, Internet peeps. Neymar has done something, and we all must watch.

Today, the Mohawked wonder is making the rounds online for a trick he produced in training recently with Brazil's Olympic football team. While his teammates were busy conducting drills calmly and methodically, Neymar was off doing ball tricks.

Newsworthy? Hardly, until you realize that he performed the trick—its many names include the Lambretta, Carretilha, Ardiles flick, arco iris and the plain ol' rainbow kick—on an unsuspecting, totally innocent bystander.

Bravo, Neymar, you just schooled an overweight, out-of-shape bystander wearing a track suit. Well played.

In fairness, this is a step up for Neymar in recent weeks. Not long ago, we were all condemning him for a blatant dive and Sergio Busquets-esque roll-and-writhe (and deservedly so).

And in all honestly, we would probably all watch if someone shot a video of Neymar kicking a melon at the supermarket with his bare feet.

What can we say? He's brilliant, young, hip and very probably the next big Brazilian megastar. We just can't get enough.

Besides, in today's world of 24-hour media saturation, there is no such thing as a private moment for a world-famous footballer. And there is no such thing as a non-newsworthy event.

Anyway, Brazil's Olympics campaign begins July 26—only 10 days away, y'all!—against Egypt at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. The final is set for Aug. 11 at Wembley, and almost everyone expects Neymar and Brazil to be present.

So, there's plenty of time for that supermarket video to surface, right?

(h/t 101 Great Goals)


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