Brazilian Striker Neymar Scoops Up Tiny Field Invader

Mar 6, 2014 10:16am
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A boy who invaded the pitch jokes with Brazil's forward Neymar at the end of a friendly football match between South Africa and Brazil in Soweto, South Africa, March 5, 2014. Credit: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian soccer star Neymar surprised a tiny fan who ran onto the field after a friendly match yesterday with South Africa in Soweto.

When officials closed in on the boy, the Brazilian striker — considered a soccer God by fans around the world — scooped up the delighted invader and took him to his Brazilian teammates who hoisted the boy into the air as part of Brazil’s 5-0 win.

The team also took photos with their pint-sized fan, who beamed a proud toothless grin. The moment was captured on a heartwarming YouTube video as well as by professional photographers and Brazilian players on their phones.

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