Goal-filled games, gutsy underdog showings and vanishing foam aside, World Cup 2014 will forever be remembered for Neymar’s incessant crying.
Tears of despair in the aftermath of a heart-wrenching loss/relegation is frequently-cited mitigation for on-pitch blubbering, it’s even endearing in some cases, but the Barcelona man was welling up with such regularity that it was more noticeable when he wasn’t in need of a Kleenex.
He couldn’t even fight the lump in his throat when telling of Juan Zuniga’s ‘I’ll give you something to cry about’ knee to the back in the pre-World Cup third/fourth-place play-off press conference, which Brazil are 23/20 to win.
It got the bwinbetting think-tank wondering what else would make the son of Santos shed tears; here’s what we came up with:
Barcelona signing Luis Suarez
The Catalan club announced they’d agreed a £65.7m deal for the sin-binned Uruguayan, eclipsing the £50m they shelled out for Neymar last summer.
More expensive competition for his place in the team is sure to ensure his easily-spat dummy is expectorated.
Watching the World Cup final
It’s been mooted that the outcome of the Selecao’s semi-final slaughtering against Germany would’ve been different had the 22-year-old been fit to play.
Undoubtedly it would – match abandonment would’ve accompanied the concession of the fourth goal owing to a pitch completely bog-sodden with tears.
But still, envisaging what might have been had his nation made the showpiece is guaranteed to turn on the waterworks when die Mannschaft meet Argentina.
The Friends finale
Watching true love conquer all as Ross and Rachel reunite after a decade’s worth of to-ing and fro-ing gets him every time.
Neymar’s tear-soaked face was held tightly to the chest of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari following Canarinho’s penalty-shootout success over Chile.