This Neymar kid might just be worth all the hype.
Neymar, Brazil's 21-year-old attacking starlet, scored another golazo Wednesday at the FIFA Confederations Cup, exciting the home fans and providing further evidence of what a talented player FC Barcelona have signed for next season.
This time, the victims were Mexico in a Group A match in Fortaleza. Brazil won 2-0, and Neymar was involved in both goals. Neymar's goal was his second in as many matches at the Confederations Cup and his 22nd overall in 36 senior appearances with Brazil.
Both of his goals this week have come early in the match, and both were well taken.
On Sunday, Neymar opened the scoring for Brazil against Japan in the third minute with a powerful, accurate volley from long range following Fred's chest-down outside the box. Brazil went on to win the match 3-0.
Wednesday's opener wasn't quite as early, nor was it quite as impressive. Still, it once again demonstrated Neymar's superb technique and touch.
In the ninth minute, Dani Alves crossed from the right, and after Mexico failed to clear properly with a defensive header, Neymar buried his first-time volleyed shot at the near post. The goal appears in GIF form below (HT 101 Great Goals). Enjoy, and for another angle, check out this video.
Neymar scored his goal against the backdrop of civil unrest in his homeland, which is set to host the FIFA World Cup next summer. Tens of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest the government's "policing, poor public services and high costs for the World Cup," per The Guardian.
Neymar said before the match that the protesters had "inspired" him.
Neymar said on Facebook before Brazil-Mexico game he'd be inspired by the protesters in the streets. Took him just 9 mins to score— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 19, 2013
Brazil went into halftime leading Mexico 1-0, and the score remained the same until second-half stoppage time—when Neymar produced another jaw-dropping moment.
Neymar collected the ball on the left and beat two Mexican defenders before picking out a wide-open Jo to slot home.