Jun 22, 2013, 5:14 PM EST
LeBron James recently proved success can do wonders when the surrounding white noise gets loud. A recently-crowned two-time champion James so ingeniously reminded us, “I ain’t got no worries.”
With his third brilliantly taken goal in three matches and another assist to boot, Neymar has fed many of his biggest critics their own words to munch on.
Ahead of his debut with Barcelona, who are €57 million ($74.8 million) poorer thanks to his purchase, the Brazilian youngster is showing his ability to change a game and ignite a crowd.
Even respected journalists are reconsidering things they’ve said about the new Catalan signing
I'm one of the many Neymar doubters who is being force fed humble pie during this tournament.—
Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) June 22, 2013
Against Japan in the tournament opener, the 21-year-old begun the scoring in just the third minute by crushing Fred’s knockdown into the top corner. It was a pressure-lifting goal, with the team having won just two of its last nine matches, and it’d been 23 months since their last competitive fixture.
Then came Mexico, whom Neymar chewed up and spit out in just nine minutes with a venomous volley past the in-form Jesus Corona. Then, he showed he’s not just a finisher but a creator too with a wonderful short cross to substitute Jo who slotted home easily, and he should have had another assist but Hulk missed wide with a poor final ball.
Finally, the Italians were the most recent to face the Neymar chopping block. From a tough angle and close range, he fired a bending free kick into the top corner to give them the lead for good. Free kicks at the edge of the box can be difficult without space to put movement on the ball, but Neymar calmly converted his chance.
Neymar becomes the fourth player behind Ronaldinho, Riquelme, and David Villa as the only players to score in all three Confederations Cup group matches.
With the spotlight on his home country’s preparation for next year’s World Cup, the Brazilian youngster stepped up to the plate and delivered. It still remains to be seen whether he can consistently deliver at the highest club level, but those back in Barcelona must be salivating at the thought of him and Messi pairing together to make maybe the most formidable strike force in the world.
At the moment, in his current form, Neymar ain’t got no worries.
Dec 20, 2013, 7:55 PM EST
Tim Sherwood has not only expressed his interest in the vacant Spurs managerial position, he insisted he’s the only man for the job.
Dec 20, 2013, 7:15 PM EST
Out of Premier League action since the beginning of November, Joe Hart could get a lifeline against lowly Fulham.
Dec 20, 2013, 6:05 PM EST
Euro 2016 will definitely feature 24 teams – up from 16 – and now we know how they’ll get there.
Dec 20, 2013, 5:13 PM EST
19-year-old M’Baye Niang is a wanted man, just not at the San Siro.
Dec 20, 2013, 4:25 PM EST
With names tossed around left and right, the Swansea manager has taken himself out of the running for Tottenham’s next manager.
Dec 20, 2013, 3:48 PM EST
It nearly came to pass that Fernando Torres attempted a professional career as a shot-stopper, not a goal-scorer.
Dec 20, 2013, 2:26 PM EST
Landon leads the way as U.S. Soccer Federation honors greatest XI of all-time:
Dec 20, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Can City keep the pressure up on those above them by beating struggling Fulham?
Dec 20, 2013, 12:24 PM EST
With a new deal inked and his future secured, now Suarez wants to bring UCL success back to Anfield:
Dec 20, 2013, 11:22 AM EST
All the details on where to watch every single PL game live this weekend:
Dec 20, 2013, 10:50 AM EST
New deal extends apparel deal which began in ’95… Will the USA now get creative with jersey design?
Dec 20, 2013, 10:00 AM EST
In the latest PST Extra, JPW and Prindi chat about Sherwood’s potential, a massive London derby and Guzan vs. Cameron:
Dec 20, 2013, 8:56 AM EST
Star striker signs lengthy new deal to hand Liverpool huge boost:
Dec 20, 2013, 8:32 AM EST
Get ready, “Fulhamerica” is about to be back on the map as Dempsey finalizes loan switch:
Dec 20, 2013, 8:10 AM EST
Cardiff boss expected to be fired, as owner Vincent Tan shocks English soccer with appalling behavior:
Dec 20, 2013, 7:25 AM EST
Top teams across Europe scrambling to get AVB on board:
Dec 19, 2013, 11:05 PM EST
They couldn’t wait until January. Swansea’s goalkeeper had to go under the knife as soon as possible.
Dec 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EST
Simple, cheap, and already in wide use. Giving the okay to vanishing spray was an obvious choice.
Dec 19, 2013, 8:54 PM EST
SI.com tabs the NBC studio host as this year’s best newcomer.
Dec 19, 2013, 7:33 PM EST
Six serious injuries but no casualties resulted tonight’s near-miss in Bekal.
- Could Joe Hart return to Premier League action this weekend against Fulham? 0
- U.S. Soccer names All-Time Best XI, do you agree? 6
- Luis Suarez signs new long-term deal at Liverpool 3
- Clint Dempsey undergoes medical at Fulham ahead of loan move from Seattle Sounders 3
- Hamm, Wambach, Morgan lead U.S. Soccer’s all-time women’s best XI (but no Solo, Milbrett) 11
- Manchester derby in cards for League Cup final 1
- Report: Clint Dempsey will join Fulham on Jan. 1 for two-month loan (12)
- Is Google a player in the game of sports media rights? (12)
- Hamm, Wambach, Morgan lead U.S. Soccer’s all-time women’s best XI (but no Solo, Milbrett) (11)
- Spurs in hunt for new boss after sacking Andre Villas-Boas (10)
- Mexico’s Monterrey dumped out of FIFA Club World Cup (7)
- Bank of Brazil to Release Special World Cup Coins
- Nightmare for Socceroos in Real Group of Death
- Hodgson's Manaus Plan is Flawed
- Wilmer Cabrera on WC Draw: ''It's an Even Group''
- Germany Building Training Facility in Brazil
- Spain Thinking of US Camp Before World Cup
- Don't count out Chile in WC Group B
- Kicking it Off with a Final
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- Aurelien Collin: I Think France is Very Very Happy