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Brazil’s Neymar out of Olympics

20 June, 2021
Neymar: His club needs him more now
Neymar: His club needs him more now

Neymar produced perhaps the signature moment of the Rio Olympics when Brazil won the gold medal but he won’t be at the Tokyo Games.

Brazil announced its 18-man Olympic soccer roster on Thursday and it does not include its most well-known player.

Though Neymar indicated before the Olympic postponement that he was willing to play at the Tokyo Games, it was doubtful that he would be included on the team.

That’s because his club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), would have needed to sign off on it. Neymar is already playing for Brazil’s senior national team in Copa America, which runs through July 10.

In early 2020, before the Olympic postponement, it was reported that PSG did not want Neymar to play at the Tokyo Games.

Clubs are often opposed to letting stars play both a continental championship and the Olympics in the same offseason, potentially tiring them for the start of the club season. But they can’t stop players from the continental championships, whereas they have decision-making power on the Olympics.