Neymar and Gisele combine their powers for upcoming edition of Vogue

Vogue Brasil is putting together a special edition featuring supermodel Gisele Bundchen and soccer star Neymar that will hit stands in June — we’re guessing the big tournament happening that month might have something to do with it.

Coincidentally, Gisele was also featured on the cover of Vogue Brasil last June. This year’s version will probably be just as popular. Probably.



Little boy interrupts Brazil friendly, Neymar handles introductions



At the end of Brazil’s 5-0 friendly win against South Africa in Johannesburg, a little boy ran onto the pitch looking to greet his idols, and sure enough, he got that chance! Despite security’s efforts to retrieve the “pitch invader,” Neymar ran over to the boy, picked him up, and introduced him to the entire team.

It’s precisely moments like this that give soccer its reputation as “The Beautiful Game.”


Photos: Getty Images


There is now video of the adorableness.


Messi, Neymar all warmed up for Manchester City

Manchester City, consider this your final warning.

Lionel Messi and Neymar polished their shooting boots ahead of Tuesday’s highly anticipated UEFA Champions League duel (live, FOX Sports 1, 2 p.m. ET), putting on a show in Barcelona’s 6-0 stomping of Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Messi scored two goals on Saturday, the first of which was a sublime lob over Rayo’s keeper. It was Messi’s 336th career goal for Barcelona in all competitions, a new Spanish record for most goals scored by a player for one club. He later added his 337th.

By the way, Messi is still only 26. Yeah.

Merely 324 goals behind Messi on Barca’s all-time scoring list lies Neymar, who returned to the pitch for the first time since injuring his ankle last month. To make sure he hadn’t lost his touch the past several weeks, Neymar unleashed from long distance in the 89th minute, resulting in this:

City: beware.


Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Carlos Tevez and Adnan Januzaj all celebrate their birthday today



Happy Birthday, boys!

Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, turns 29 years young today, and even the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic took a minute out of his day to personally congratulate CR7 on Twitter:

Ronaldo responded brilliantly:

Your move, Zlatan.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s Barcelona rival Neymar was also born today, albeit seven years later. Two mega stars born on one day? Not bad! Thankfully, they will spoil us with their amazing goals for many more years to come, but take a look back now at their already incredible careers:

And if that wasn’t enough birthday candles for one day, Carlos Tevez (30) and Adnan Januzaj (19) are also celebrating their birthdays today. Clearly, there must be something very special about February 5th!


Neymar leaves Barcelona match with ankle injury


When Neymar went down in the 23rd minute in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey match against Getafe, Culés held their breath and feared the worst.

The rising Barca star was down for several minutes being tended to by the club physios after awkwardly rolling his ankle. He needed assistance off the pitch, clearly unable to put much weight on his right ankle.

Barcelona confirmed the initial reports that Neymar sprained a tendon in his ankle, but more tests will be conducted on Friday. Hopefully it’s nothing worse, and the injury won’t keep him sidelined for too long. Until then, Barca fans and Brazilians will continue to hold their collective breath:


Messi Barca future in doubt

Barcelona have been missing their talisman Lionel Messi after he was ruled out for two months with an injury. It now appears that could be the least of Barca’s worries if you believe what the newspapers are saying today.

It is reported that Messi could be considering his future over Neymar’s fee and wages at the Spanish club. The Brazilian has been in great form since Messi’s absence was confirmed and the speculation could continue to build.

For this rumor and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Neymar breaks through in Champions League

Neymar scored the first Champions League goal of his career on Wednesday, helping Barcelona snap out of their slump with a resounding 6-1 victory over Celtic.

The result itself meant nothing; Barcelona were established as group winners while Celtic were already eliminated. But for Neymar it was a special day, not only because he finally opened his Champions League account in his sixth game.

Neymar must have enjoyed the taste of Champions League success, because the 21-year-old Brazilian promptly went on to score two more goals to notch his very first hat trick at Barcelona. The two goals after halftime were particularly sweet, too:



It was a day of significant firsts for Neymar, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he produces many more nights like this in the future.

Barcelona fans’ reaction over Neymar are probably best summed up with this:



FIFA releases shortlist for Puskas Award

imageMiroslav Stoch won last year’s Puskas Award (Image: Getty)

On the same day FIFA released the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or (shocker, it’s Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery), the final three candidates for the esteemed Puskas Award were also announced. Annually given to the player who scored the year’s best goal, the original group of ten candidates has been narrowed down to golazos by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Nemanja Matic.

Whereas the Ballon d’Or is voted on by a select group of journalists as well as national team managers and captains, the Puskas Award is determined entirely by you, the fans. Another public vote on the day of the Ballon d’Or awards, January 13th, will decide the winner. You can find instructions on how to vote on FIFA’s website.

Here are the finalists: