Neymar struck a winning penalty for Brazil after claiming the first ever Olympic football gold medal with victory over Germany on penalties at Rio’s Maracana. The 5-4 shoot-out win exacted revenge for a humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany two years ago.
Olympic gold was the only major title to have escaped five-time world champions Brazil in their history. After guiding his side to a historic triumph Neymar announced that he will step down as Brazil’s captain.
The Barcelona star made this announcement soon after his brilliant performance in leading Brazil to its first Olympic Gold medal. Neymar also announced that he would no longer wear the armband, leaving it up to Brazil coach Tite to choose his successor.