The new Barcelona signing registered a goal and an assist at the Castelao, but he was in a modest mood, instead hailing the impact of the supporters.
The Barcelona forward was the star of the show for the Selecao, scoring one goal and assisting the other in sublime fashion, but he refused to focus on his individual performance or any other personal accolades.
“We want to play well, win and make the fans happy,” Neymar told reporters after the match. "Our team deserved this [win.] It doesn't matter who score, or who’s elected the top player of the match. We don’t long for this.”
The 21-year-old Neymar continued to heap praise on the home supporters and claimed that he was always fired up by the atmosphere on show when playing at the Castelao in Fortaleza.
“It’s always a wonderful experience [at the Castelao], [the fans] always give us confidence,” Neymar said. “It was a very emotional moment during the anthem, it gave us a boost to play better.”
Brazil sits atop Group A with six points and will conclude the group campaign against Italy at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Saturday.