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Brazil was eliminated by Belgium on Friday, but its star left a lasting impression on the tournament, and on the world. His legacy has crystallized in the form of the “Neymar Challenge,” which … well, we’ll just let you watch:
The rolling race seems to be a Tijuana invention. The Neymar Challenge, though, is not. It’s the newest internet phenomenon.
It’s infiltrated youth soccer camps and practices:
It was performed at a big watch party for Belgium’s quarterfinal against Brazil:
The Neymar Challenge is taking over Moscow streets …
… and TV shows …
… and the sets of TV shows …
It’s everywhere. It’s sweeping the globe.
It is, in all honestly, a bit harsh on Neymar. There’s a method to his madness. He had an excellent tournament. And he’s removed from the one one who flops. However there’s no going again now.
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