WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Brazilian superstar Neymar has been compared to players all over the planet. Now, he’s being judged against someone who has never touched a soccer ball: Superman.
Santos President Luis Álvaro Ribeiro compared Neymar to the Man of Steel after the forward had a goal in Santos’ 3-1 win over Figueirense in a Brasileirão game on Aug. 16 – a day after he was in Sweden, where he played in the Seleção’s 3-0 win in an international friendly.
“I suspect that his father came from Krypton and brought the boy [Neymar] to Earth in a rocket, because the only thing that makes sense is if he is Superman,” Ribeiro told Globo Esporte.
Neymar has been quite busy the past few weeks, as he played a major role in leading his country to the silver medal in the London Games after the team fell to Mexico, which won its first gold medal in the sport.
Javier Hernández to remain with England’s Manchester United
Manchester United’s Javier Hernández, who goes by the nickname “Chicharito,” is not for sale, his coach recently told ESPN.
Chicharito, who stars for the Mexican national team when he’s not playing for one of the world’s most storied club teams, had been targeted by Chelsea, one of Manchester United’s chief competitors in the Barclays Premier League.
But Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson said Chicharito is very much in his team’s plans, even after the squad recently acquired forward Robin Van Persie.
“My situation now is I have the possibility that I can play [Wayne] Rooney, Persie through, Chicharito through and I’ve got Danny Welbeck, who can play through,” Ferguson told reporters.
Chelsea didn’t make a formal, monetary offer for Chicharito, but the reigning Champions League winner needs a scorer to replace Didier Drogba, who signed with China’s Shanghai Shenhua.
Chicharito is looking forward to competing for playing time.
“There are parts of your life when you’re going to have competition,” he recently told reporters. “Having that competition in the team can be good. I will be ready when the manager wants me to play.”
Uruguay’s Luis Suárez committed to leading Liverpool to title
Luis Suárez won’t leave English club Liverpool until his fantasy becomes reality.
“If you ask me now what am I dreaming of for the rest of my career, I would tell you it is a [Barclay’s Premier League] championship with Liverpool,” the forward told England’s Daily Mirror. “That is all I want – and usually I get what I want.”
Liverpool, which came in eighth place last year, opened the 2012-13 season with a 3-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion on Aug. 18.
Suárez, a native of Uruguay, has always been fascinated with Liverpool, a squad known for its vibrant red uniforms.
“Even when I first bought a PlayStation, I used to play a football game and I always picked Liverpool as my club,” he told the publication. “So I find it amazing that I now wear the jersey here. I am playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everyone in South America knows that. My career is going fantastically.”
Suárez credits his wife and 2-year-old daughter, Delfina, for keeping him humble as he makes millions playing in one of the world’s most popular leagues.
“When I was little, I did not even have money for football shoes,” he said. “My family barely had enough money for food, so I try not to spoil Delfina with material things. But in Uruguay, people see me as some mega-rich footballer. Kids talk to me, saying: ‘Hey, you’re the multi-millionaire.’ I find that awkward. It is true I have a super contract now, but I try to live a normal life. I know the value of money because of the way I have been brought up.”