Getting hit by a soccer ball isn’t a bad price to pay for an autograph from the Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar.
As the FC Barcelona forward exited the team bus, he booted a ball into the crowd of spectators who had gathered to see the soccer stars prior to the start of their Copa America campaign. Unfortunately, Neymar’s kick accidentally struck and hurt a young fan who hoped for nothing more than to catch a glimpse of his favorite athletes.
The young Chilean football supporter, however, was in for a once-in-a-lifetime surprise.
Neymar searched through the sea of spectating faces, found the little boy and invited him on the team bus for signatures from some of soccer’s best.
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The event must have provided Neymar with some motivation, as he scored and assisted on the game-winning goal in stoppage time in Brazil’s Copa America match against Peru later that evening, leading his squad to a 2-1 victory.
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