Neymar nutmegged by French freestyler

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Neymar and nutmegs go together like Brazil and the sport its most famous son baptised ‘The Beautiful Game’. Pele, himself responsible for breathtakingly passing the ball through Eusebio’s legs en route to a wonder goal in the 1962 Intercontinental Cup, once referred to his heir apparent as “o rei das canetas” (the nutmeg king), and the former has incessantly vindicated that moniker.

Neymar ‘pannas’ have, indeed, left innumerable opponents red-faced over the years – Fluminense’s Diguinho, Mexico’s Hiram Mier and Atletico Madrid’s Tiago can all attest to that. In fact, the Brazilian forward not only has a passion for ‘pannas’, but whatever superlative skill makes him happy, as he recently explained to FIFA.com: “I like many tricks, but with the goal that won the Puskas award, I’m not sure how I did some of that skill.”

Neymar knew what Garnier was attempting, but the Frenchman extraordinarily bamboozled the Brazilian by balancing both feet on top of the ball, before rapidly elastic dribbling it round the back of him and putting it through his legs! Check out the above video – you have to see it to believe it. Neymar immediately gasped in amazement, before sportingly giving Garnier a big high-five and a hug.

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