Neymar played six matches in 14 days during Brazil's disappointing silver-medal run at the Olympics. Four days after that he went to Sweden to play 83 minutes of a friendly and a little more than day after that he was back in Brazil leading Santos to a 3-1 win over Figueirense.
The spikey-haired forward hired a private jet to take him from Stockholm to Florianopolis, a 14-hour trip, to try and help his struggling side revive their Brazilian championship fortunes.
Santos, who sorely missed the 20-year-old while he was playing for Brazil at the Olympic Games, said that the player had paid for the trip while Neymar displayed a photograph on his Twitter account, showing himself lying in bed on board the plane.
Even for a 20-year-old, that had to be an exhausting journey, but that didn't stop him from embarrassing Figueirense's defense to score a lovely equalizer in the 51st minute and set up the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute. He played the full match and afterwards, Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro once again sang his praises.
"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," Alvaro Ribeiro joked to Globo Esporte.
Well, I don't think Superman ever flew with a Louis Vuitton blanket...
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