Confederations Cup win has restored Brazil respect, says Neymar

Neymar believes Brazil are respected in world football again after triumphing in the Confederations Cup final, beating World Cup holders Spain 3-0 at the Maracana Stadium, BBC Sport has reported.

The 20-year-old, named player of the tournament and scorer of the second goal of the game, hailed the competition victory for its impact of Brazil’s standing in the game. He said: “Brazil have shown the world that the Brazil national team is back. We showed that we deserve respect with a great win over the world’s best.

We didn’t hide – we ran and ran. We played very strongly from start to finish. That shows we are a strong team,” the Barcelona-bound forward continued.

Neymar’s performance saw him named man of the match in the final but he was at pains to credit his teammates for his own individual success. “I am really very happy for everything that has happened during this tournament. The award is something very special. But all 11 players should get it. Not just me,” Neymar insisted.

There were a number of Neymar’s new Barcelona teammates in the vanquished Spain side, including Gerard Pique, who was sent off, as well as midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez and winger Pedro, and Neymar added he had little option but to play to his maximum despite the presence of his future colleagues.

I have respect for them and admire them very much,” Neymar said. He went on: “But today. I was defending my country, my team-mates and my family. I had to give them a hard time. I am so happy about the way the team played – it was even better than any of us could have expected.

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