Brazil wonder kid, Neymar, has been named by Dunga as Brazil’s new captain for the upcoming friendlies against Columbia and Ecuador.
In the absence of Paris Saint Germain’s Thiago Silva, the new Brazilian coach has decided to hand the captain’s armband to the 22-year-old Barcelona forward.
“It has already been decided,” the 1994 Dunga told the media.
“He’s a player with a lot of quality, despite his age is experienced. The captain has to set the standard for the others.”
The 1994 World Cup winning captain went on to say that Neymar has responded well to the added responsibilities after the coach spoke at length with him about the subject.
“Neymar has responded very well to it. He is a player who likes challenges and like to win,” he added.
“We talked to him when we first broached the subject and we told him what we wanted. We told him about the advantages and the disadvantages, about the history and responsibility the shirt brings.”
Neymar has recovered from a back injury that ruled him out of the semi-final loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup and Dunga concluded by remarking that he hopes to see more leadership qualities from all of the players that he has at his disposal.
“Every time Brazil won a World Cup it did so with leaders who had great personality … we need more players with this characteristic in the group, whether they wear the armband or not.”
Neymar has 54 caps for Brazil and has scored 35 goals in the process.
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