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Breaking down Neymar’s opening Copa America match

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It’s time to talk about the performance from Neymar during last Sunday’s Copa America opener between Brazil and Venezuela. 

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It seems like Neymar can finally play an entire Copa America without having any issues on the pitch. As some of you may know, the Brazilian number ‘10’ has never been able to complete a full tournament at the top of his skills. Just for recap, he got injured in the 2014 World Cup. He wasn’t at the top of his game in 2015 and 2016 during the Copa America. He was coming back from a serious injury in the 2018 World Cup. And lastly, he missed the 2019 Copa America due to another serious injury.

Neymar just kept getting unlucky with these physical problems. But everything seems to be working fine this time around. Last Sunday against Venezuela, the star showed he is ready to lead his teammates to another title with a stellar performance. Throughout the 90 minutes, Neymar became the player all Brazilians expect during one of these competitions. But let’s break down everything he did and what can possibly come for him after the group stage. 

Neymar’s performance in numbers. 

Throughout the 90 minutes, Neymar created 8 clear chances. His passing accuracy reached 85%. Out of 17 duels against defenders, he won 10 of them. The man got 6 out of 9 dribbles he attempted. He received 4 fouls and touched the ball a total of 84 times throughout the game. Plus, he scored a penalty and served one of the three goals Brazil scored. If that wasn’t enough, Neymar equaled Pele’s all-time assist record with 47.

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Also, he is now 10 goals away from the Brazilian legend’s all-time goal record of 77 goals with the senior squad. Even if you don’t like him or think he isn’t better than his predecessors. Neymar’s stats will remain at the top of the list for a long time. His numbers don’t lie. We are talking about the best Brazilian player of the new generation and one of the best of the modern era. Even if he keeps getting criticized for every move he makes, Neymar still enjoys the beautiful game. Up next, Brazil faces Peru and then Colombia for group supremacy.