16-Year-Old Texas Girl Chooses Meeting Neymar Over $10,000 Cash Prize

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterOctober 16, 2014

Brazil's Neymar celebrates  after scoring his fourth goal against Japan during an international friendly soccer match in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Wong Maye-E/Associated Press

When Rhiannon Conelley won a contest sponsored by a Brazilian drinks company, she was offered two potential prizes: $10,000 in cash or a chance to meet Neymar.

There was no doubt which one she would choose. 

The 16-year-old high school goalkeeper won the competition during the World Cup by sending a picture of herself in a Neymar jersey doing trick shots, according to the El Paso Times.

She will now travel to Spain with her mother and coach to meet the Barcelona superstar, and she has no regrets picking the trip over the cash. The teen even joked she'd have a special proposal for the 22-year-old.  

She told the El Paso Times

I just wanted to meet Neymar, I thought that was more important than the $10,000. Everyone disagrees with that, but I'm sticking to my guns. ... I'll ask him if he wants to marry me. I don't want to scare him too much. I don't want him to call security to kick me out.

It's pretty admirable that Conelley would choose a once-in-a-lifetime experience over money, even though we can't help but be reminded of the Simpsons episode when Bart decided to pick Stampy the Elephant over $10,000 after winning a radio phone-in. 

ICYMI: Americas High School soccer player wins contest to meet idol Neymar: http://t.co/9MCMIyPq68 pic.twitter.com/3hUaRB3p4u

— El Paso Times (@elpasotimes) October 14, 2014

 [El Paso Times, h/t Yahoo! Sports]

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