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Neymar is scorned for play-acting and partying but his Brazil legacy is secure

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When he eventually hangs up his boots, Neymar‘s place in the record books seems assured.

After overtaking Ronaldo into second place in Brazil‘s goalscoring charts with a hat-trick against Peru on Tuesday night, there is now only one mountain left to climb.

He now has 64 goals for his country and is just 13 away from drawing level with the great Edson Arantes do Nascimento. (That’s Pele, to you and me).

Neymar moved to second in the list of Brazil's all-time top goalscorers on Tuesday night

Neymar moved to second in the list of Brazil’s all-time top goalscorers on Tuesday night

He scored a hat-trick in Brazil's World Cup qualifying victory over Peru in Lima

He scored a hat-trick in Brazil’s World Cup qualifying victory over Peru in Lima

He has now overtaken the legendary Ronaldo in the list of his country's all-time top scorers

He has now overtaken the legendary Ronaldo in the list of his country’s all-time top scorers

Only the great Pele, pictured scoring in the 1970 World Cup final against Italy, is ahead of him

Only the great Pele, pictured scoring in the 1970 World Cup final against Italy, is ahead of him

At 28 years of age and in the prime of his career, it seems only a matter of time before Neymar cements his place as Brazil’s most prolific goalscorer. In a country that has produced Pele, Romario, Ronaldo et al, it is an astonishing feat for Neymar to come out on top.

In the land of samba football, Neymar’s legacy is utterly assured. He led the Selecao to their first ever Olympic gold medal in 2016. Coming over Germany, it helped exorcise some of the ghosts from the 7-1 that Neymar escaped from blameless following his tournament-ending injury in the quarter-final win over Colombia.

Up until that point Neymar had been carrying Brazil in his homeland, a theme that has become very familiar throughout his international career. Ever since he broke through at Santos and even before his big move to Europe and Barcelona in 2013, he was earmarked as the standard bearer of a generation. It is a responsibility and a level of fame that he has had to deal with since he was a teenager.

But it has strayed into infamy. At the 2018 World Cup Neymar ‘charmed Brazil, but annoyed the whole world’, according to newspaper O Globo. By this point he had become the most expensive player in world football. That move from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 brought a whole new level of scrutiny, and left much of the watching public unimpressed.

His play-acting antics in Russia infuriated many, his seemingly endless rolling around put meme creators on the internet into overdrive. The flicks and tricks were there, but they were too self-serving. The cult of Neymar was winning out over the team. 

Neymar suffered a tournament-ending injury before Brazil's 7-1 defeat by Germany in 2014

Neymar suffered a tournament-ending injury before Brazil’s 7-1 defeat by Germany in 2014

In 2018 Neymar's World Cup contributions were overshadowed by accusations of play-acting

In 2018 Neymar’s World Cup contributions were overshadowed by accusations of play-acting

Brazil exited the tournament limply in the quarter-finals to Belgium, a team rammed full of individual quality but which knew how to make it work together. Brazil, headed up by Neymar, were the opposite.

The microscope has been primed on Neymar ever since he made that £198million move to PSG in 2017. Instead of being a key cog in the slick machine at the Nou Camp, he was now the main man in Paris and held to a higher standard.

Instead of being challenged he has been indulged in the years since. His record in Paris – 72 goals in 88 appearances, three back-to-back league titles and four cup triumphs – speaks for itself.

But he didn’t move to France to win Ligue 1 every season. Winning another Champions League, and by implication lifting the coveted Ballon d’Or, was the aim. By that standard he has fallen short, but there have been mitigating factors. 

Injury saw him miss consecutive last-16 defeats by Real Madrid and Manchester United in 2018 and 2019. On both occasions PSG buckled without their talisman.

Since his world record move to PSG in 2017, Neymar has scored 72 goals in 88 appearances

Since his world record move to PSG in 2017, Neymar has scored 72 goals in 88 appearances

At times his skills on the ball have appeared self-serving instead of for the benefit of the team

At times his skills on the ball have appeared self-serving instead of for the benefit of the team

In the finals in Lisbon this year, though, Neymar rose to the occasion. He had helped PSG book their place in the quarter-finals by scoring the opening goal in the second leg of the last-16 comeback against Borussia Dortmund.

Though he missed that ruthless edge in front of goal, squandering two one-on-one chances against Atalanta and RB Leipzig, his play in the final third was scintillating. He assisted Marquinhos for the equaliser and then released Kylian Mbappe for his pass to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for the late winner against the Italians.

In the semi-final against Leipzig he was at his imperious best as PSG ran riot. Despite a disappointing performance in the final against Bayern Munich, it was proof that Neymar still had it in him to influence high-pressure games. 

The lack of competition in France and two years of missing Champions League knockouts, led to fears that his competitive inner fire had disappeared. His tears in the final were roundly mocked on social media, but they only serve to show how much it still matters to him.

Neymar’s life off the pitch has also played a part in that. PSG’s squad are known to hold extravagant celebrations at nightspots in the city and Thomas Meunier this summer divulged details of their ‘outrageous’ parties in recent years. 

Neymar was left in tears as PSG were defeated by Bayern Munich in Champions League final

Neymar was left in tears as PSG were defeated by Bayern Munich in Champions League final

The Brazilian walks past the trophy after PSG's 1-0 defeat in the final in Lisbon in August

The Brazilian walks past the trophy after PSG’s 1-0 defeat in the final in Lisbon in August

‘Nothing but birthday parties – incredible,’ the Belgian revealed after leaving for Borussia Dortmund.

‘When I was at Bruges, we’d celebrate birthdays by playing darts or pool in a bar, but here it’s just outrageous. But that just reflects the club: hire a palace, hire a building, parties with hundreds of people. 

‘That’s when you see that they’re more than footballers – they’re stars. 

‘I always had a good time but it was all a bit extravagant and “did you see me?” But that’s part of it, part of the game.’ 

In February Neymar held a lavish party at YoYo nightclub, a short walk from the Eiffel Tower, for his 28th birthday. 

Midfielder Ander Herrera has previously lifted the lid on Neymar’s party planning and revealed the lengths he will go to in order to ensure his team-mates ‘have a good time’.

Attention has been drawn to Neymar (centre), his team-mates and their party lifestyle in Paris

Attention has been drawn to Neymar (centre), his team-mates and their party lifestyle in Paris

Neymar poses for a picture with Kylian Mbappe (right) and French fashion model Cindy Bruna

Neymar poses for a picture with Kylian Mbappe (right) and French fashion model Cindy Bruna

Neymar, dressed in red, arrives at his birthday bash in Paris on crutches in February 2019

Neymar, dressed in red, arrives at his birthday bash in Paris on crutches in February 2019

Instead of keeping everyone together in the same area, the star Brazilian forward split them into two groups across different floors.

The players who were married partied on the top floor, while those were single set up on the bottom floor so that they could ‘have a good time’.

Asked what happened at the party, former Manchester United midfielder Herrera simply replied: ‘What didn’t happen?!’

Herrera said: ‘The truth is that when he does something, he does it to have a good time. And he organised it to have a good time. And the truth is that I congratulated him.’

There is little doubt that Neymar’s off-field activities have overshadowed his actions on it, and, to an extent, airbrushed his achievements. He will, inevitably, finish his career as Brazil’s greatest goalscorer. Where he fits in the pantheon of great Brazilian footballers rests on his shoulders.

Lionel Messi has been desperate to be reunited with Neymar since he left Barcelona in 2017

Lionel Messi has been desperate to be reunited with Neymar since he left Barcelona in 2017

His Champions League displays for PSG show that, when he is in the zone, few can live with him. And few have enjoyed playing with him quite like his former partner in crime, Lionel Messi, who has been desperate for him to return to Barcelona.

His unhappiness at the Nou Camp has stemmed Neymar’s shock departure, and joining his former team-mate in Paris was broached as a possibility when Messi looked destined for the Barcelona exit door in the summer.

The thought of those two linking up again is tantalising. Neymar will never truly shrug off his reputation as a party animal off the field, but reuniting with Messi could only help him cement his legacy as a world legend, and not just one of his homeland in Brazil.

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LA Dodgers baseman Justin Turner pulled from field after testing positive for Covid DURING World Series-winning game

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LA DODGERS’ third baseman Justin Turner dramatically tested positive for coronavirus during his side’s World Series-winning game on Tuesday.

Turner was suddenly removed from play in the 8th inning as his side wrapped up their 3-1 win in game six of the World Series to seal their championship victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Justin Turner, pictured during Tuesday night's game, was removed from the field in the 8th inning after testing positive for coronavirus, MLB said

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Justin Turner, pictured during Tuesday night’s game, was removed from the field in the 8th inning after testing positive for coronavirus, MLB saidCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But as celebrations at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, began, multiple reports emerged revealing Major League Baseball sources had confirmed Turner’s sudden removal from the game was due to him receiving a positive Covid-19 test.

The shocking revelation – in the final game of the already beleaguered 2020 season – raises questions about MLB’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and threatens the feasibility future sporting events as the disease continues to spread.

Turner – a talisman in the Dodgers squad – was grouped with fellow players in the dugout and on the field throughout the game, which was played in an empty stadium.

The win for the Dodgers is their first World Series victory since 1988 and comes after eight consecutive post-seasons.

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Ryan Garcia called out by pregnant girlfriend after allegedly kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo

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RYAN GARCIA has been labelled a “piece of s***” by his pregnant girlfriend after he was caught kissing another woman.

The unbeaten lightweight boxer was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo outside of a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Ryan Garcia was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo

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Ryan Garcia was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo
Ryan Garcia allegedly told girlfriend Drea Celina that he was busy training for his next fight

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Ryan Garcia allegedly told girlfriend Drea Celina that he was busy training for his next fight

Garcia’s girlfriend Drea Celina is due to give birth to his second child in just seven weeks.

But Garcia, 22, was filmed with Malu during a night out with friends.

It is understood that the incident happened on October 24 outside of the trendy N10 Restaurant – owned by Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.

The viral video shows boxing phenomenon Garcia leaving the building with the social media star, who turned 18 this month.

Garcia and Malu are seen kissing and hugging each other in front of onlookers.

After the shocking footage went viral, his girlfriend shared a statement to her social media page.

Drea, who has since made her Instagram account private, wrote: “Meanwhile, I go visit my family he tells me he’s training hard for this fight.

“But IG SHOWS ME THIS.

The pair enjoyed an intimate moment together outside of the restaurant

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The pair enjoyed an intimate moment together outside of the restaurant
Malu Trevejo has racked up 8.5million followers on her Instagram page

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Malu Trevejo has racked up 8.5million followers on her Instagram page
TikTok star Malu Trevejo turned 18 this month

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TikTok star Malu Trevejo turned 18 this month

“Seven weeks left until I give birth and this piece of s*** stay being disgusting.

“While he barely even sees Rylie his daughter with @catherinegamez…

“@kingryang is a HORRIBLE EVIL HUMAN.”

According to a report shared by HITC, Garcia responded with his own statement.

It read: “Just clearing some things I seen regarding Malu and Drea.

“Andrea and I aren’t engaged but we were still trying to fix our relationship.

“Malu and I went there as friends and we got caught up in the moment but there isn’t anything there, I didn’t intend to hurt anyone.

“This is my personal life and I’m not going to speak on this ever again.”

Ryan Garcia's girlfriend shared this statement to her Instagram story

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Ryan Garcia’s girlfriend shared this statement to her Instagram story
Ryan Garcia boasts a perfect boxing record of 20-0

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Ryan Garcia boasts a perfect boxing record of 20-0Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Garcia’s first child, with former flame Catherine Gamez, was born in March 2019.

Malu, who has 8.5million Instagram followers, has also given her side of the story.

She said: “I met up with him because he was a very nice guy, he was very sweet.

“Yeah he told he had a kid, but he never told me that he was engaged and he never told me that he had another baby coming.

“But he’s a really nice dude and I didn’t know that.

“Let’s just not get into that. I just woke up and I’m seeing all this s***.

“Did not know he was engaged and I texted him and ask him why he didn’t tell me and he said because they’re on and off.”

Garcia is preparing for his return to the ring on December 5 when he will face Luke Campbell for the WBC’s interim title.

The American has an incredible record of 20-0 including 17 knockouts so far.

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Marcus Rashford reveals impressive muscles as he launches Nike underwear line

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KIDS’ food champion Marcus Rashford shows he’s a bit of a beefcake himself as he launches Nike’s latest underwear line.

The Man United and England forward took a break from campaigning for free holiday meals for poorer schoolchildren to share this snap on Instagram.

Marcus Rashford revealed his impressive muscles in a pair of red Nike underwear

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Marcus Rashford revealed his impressive muscles in a pair of red Nike underwearCredit: S Goodwin 2019
The footballer showed off his enviable physique as he launched Nike’s latest underwear line

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The footballer showed off his enviable physique as he launched Nike’s latest underwear lineCredit: S Goodwin 2019

The busy 22-year-old has a lot on his plate.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the footballer is set to miss out on a BBC Sports Personality of the Year nomination, despite his remarkable charity work.

Rashford is odds-on favourite with the bookies for the award after earning plaudits for his tireless campaigning for disadvantaged children to receive free meals during school holidays.

But the reports claim the star is likely to be overlooked as the Beeb’s guidelines state only ‘sporting achievements’ can be considered – despite the name of the award.

The kids’ food champion wowed in a pair of black boxers covered in the Nike logo

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The kids’ food champion wowed in a pair of black boxers covered in the Nike logoCredit: S Goodwin 2019

That would leave Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton a strong contender after the Mercedes ace beat Michael Schumacher’s long-standing wins record at the Portuguese GP.

Rashford forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for the free school meals programme to be extended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

And he took on ministers again as many vulnerable children head into the half-term without the safety net of food provided at school.

The Man United star forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for free school meals to be extended

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The Man United star forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for free school meals to be extendedCredit: PA:Press Association
Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford helps out at food charity after MPs reject bid to extend school meals

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