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WATCH: Neymar rescues young “pitch invader” as Brazil squad pose for photos after amazing gesture

Mar 6, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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Following Brazil’s 5-0 victory over South Africa on Wednesday, a seven-year-old child ran onto the pitch from the stands as he tried to get closer to the Brazilian national team.

Held back by security guards and about to be escorted away, the young child looked longingly towards superstar Neymar, who scored a hat trick in the game, and what happened next shocked everyone.

The FC Barcelona star walked over and grabbed the youngster, held him in his arms and walked him over to meet the rest of the Brazil side. The youngster had a beaming smile on his face as he posed for pictures with Neymar and the rest of the Brazilian national team, with David Luiz taking up the role of photographer.

It really was one of those moments which shows that despite their superstar status, soccer players are still humans too.

Good on you, Brazil. The unidentified child from South Africa will never forget the night he wandered onto the pitch in Johannesburg and was treated like a star by his heroes.

  1. mdac1012 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Good job by Neymar, that’s pretty awesome.

  2. footballer4ever - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    That was AWESOME and GRACEFUL action on Neymar’s and the Brazilian football squad.

  3. twerkslikeMiley - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Brazil is one of my new favorite soccer teams. This is awesome.

  4. qwerty007qwerty007 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Nicest story in sports in the past little while. Good on you, Brasil!!

  5. bostonredsoccer - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    …and what happened next shocked everyone.

    You’ve been clicking on too many viral videos. :)

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