MANCHESTER, England — Neymar ran to the sideline and struck the famous Usain Bolt lightning pose. It was football’s biggest Olympic star honouring one of the London Games’ most acclaimed athletes.
Neymar celebrated by imitating his idol after scoring from a free kick, leading Brazil to a 3-1 win over Belarus on Sunday, securing the gold-medal favourite a spot in the quarterfinals of the men’s Olympic tournament, a report in the Washington Post said.
“It was for Bolt, we did his celebration,” said Neymar.
Neymar has his own legion of fans following him everywhere he shows up, but even before heading to London he had already said he was hoping to meet with Bolt to get an autograph and take a photo with the Jamaican, who will be competing later in the Olympics.
“I haven’t met him yet but I hope it happens,” said the 20-year-old Brazilian, touted as the future of Brazilian football.