Neymar will be playing for Brazil in the Rio Olympics this coming August.
ABC News said that Brazil coach Dunga is hoping to get Neymar to play for both Copa America Centenario and the Olympics. Unfortunately, Barcelona claimed that the Brazilian player needs enough rest before playing again in the following season.
Barcelona said, “FC Barcelona thanks the Brazilian football federation and their president Marco Polo del Nero, who have accepted the proposal made by the club that Neymar only plays in the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016, which take place between 3-21 of August.”
Barcelona added that in this way, the player cannot play for Copa America, which will be held in the United States this coming June 3-26.
According to FIFA rules, clubs should release players for tournaments that fall on the international calendar A-list. This includes Copa America. The Olympics, on the other hand, is not included in the list because of its schedule.
Neymar, who is already 24 years old, is one of three players older than 23 who were permitted to participate in an Olympic football team.
According to ESPN, the Brazilian football team has never won an Olympic gold despite its status of holding the World Cup champion for five times.
Brazil came home defeated 2-1 by Mexico in the 2012 Olympics in 2012. Neymar was also there to play for his country.
Goal.com suggests that Neymar indeed needs a break. Since he began playing football, he was not just a regular player but the team’s star.
Playing with Brazil meant playing championship games all year round on top of Club World Cup and Copa Libertadores.
He has already played football for five years without having breaks in between. He was there in the 2015 Copa America, 2014 World Cup, 2013 Confederations Cup, 2012 Olympics and 2011 Copa America.