He was also part of the Brazil team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which they lost to underdogs Mexico in the finals. With pinpoint precision he curved the ball from the corner flag into an empty net.
Unusually for Brazil, they go to a World Cup minus a plodding, disliked and distinctly average centre-forward.
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Neymar's scintillating goal drew him level with Romario in Brazil's all-time top scorers list as they cruised to a 3-0 win against Austria. Neymar's levity in movement and gaiety in the game befitted Brazil's talisman.
"We're going to play someone decent in the quarters and if we get beat, then I suppose everyone will say well that's about par". Neymar's strike had Brazil's coach raving.
"I don't know Neymar's limits", Tite added. "His technical and creative capacity is impressive".
Brazil would still have a great shot at progressing far in the tournament without Neymar, but they'll need him to be at his best to win the whole thing.
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Coach Fernando Santos's side will want to start strongly after a 4-0 defeat by Germany in Brazil four years ago set the tone for a dismal group-stage exit. Neymar's foot injury had scared the team.
"Skill wise, he is already the best player in the world", Brazil great Pele said. The distribution and transition in midfield, a trio of Casemiro, Fernandinho and Paulhino, Tite's preferred choices against stronger opposition, were non-existent. Brazil is in red-hot form after their wins over Germany and Croatia. Austria also employed a high press.
The foursome, starting together for the first time, worked superbly to break down an Austria side who had beaten world champions Germany only a week earlier.
"Family means everything to us", Alisson said. "Our ball possession, our movement, our triangulations, our game rhythm wears down opponents". Tite has a system, and has drilled it into his players' minds.
In fact, failing to commit enough fouls has been a frequent Scolari complaint about his teams over the course of his career. You have to play with speed and compactness.
In the buildup to the impending World Cup, with Brazil kicking their competition off against Switzerland on Sunday, the Canarinho were in the process of making last minute preparations before their Group E campaign kicked off in Rostov-On-Don. The Austrians have geographic proximity to Switzerland, but their game style is different. Like Peru, the team has never been much of a force in World Cup events, but could have the star power to make it to the knockout stage. Chelsea's Willian and Juventus' Douglas Costa are also on hand.