Meet Neymar, or bag a cool $10,000 instead?
For most, that’s likely a tough decision. But for Americas High School (El Paso) junior Rhiannon Conelley, the choice was easy.
The 16-year-old student-athlete won a contest put on during the World Cup by Brazilian soft-drink outfit Guaraná Antarctica, with the grand-prize being her choice between a free trip to Spain to meet her idol, or 10 grand in cash.
"I just wanted to meet Neymar, I thought that was more important than the $10,000. Everyone disagrees with that, but I’m sticking to my guns," she said, via the El Paso Times.
Conelley, her varsity team’s goalkeeper, won the contest by submitting a photo of her in a Brazil kit doing some juggling tricks, and of course, holding a tasty can of Guaraná Antarctica:
The junior beat out thousands of entrants by claiming 4,113 votes, nearly 1,000 more than second place.
Although it’s not determined exactly when Conelley will get to meet Neymar, she, her mother and her team’s soccer coach will all fly to Spain to link up with the Barcelona phenom.
So, what will she say when she finally gets to meet her idol?
"I’ll ask him if he wants to marry me," she joked to the El Paso Times, then backpedaled.
"I don’t want to scare him too much," she said. "I don’t want him to call security to kick me out."
Americas High School goalkeeper Rhiannon Conelley is going to meet Neymar in 2015. pic.twitter.com/HLL6dUxtsQ— Luis Carlos Lopez (@lclopez4) October 10, 2014
(h/t El Paso Times)