Ganso: Neymar is a genius and a prophet

The youngster's triple led his team to a comfortable Paulista semifinal victory over Sao Paulo, and his companion affirmed that the game went exactly as he had predicted
Santos star Ganso revealed a new talent of Paulista hat trick hero Neymar, labeling him a prophet after he predicted his triple strike against Sao Paulo.

The 20-year-old wonderkid netted all three of the Peixe's goals as they downed their Paulista rivals 3-1 on Sunday, setting up a clash with Guarani in the state championship final. Muricy Ramalho's team will now have the opportunity to fight for a third successive Paulista crown, mirroring triumphs in 2010 and 2011.

Speaking after the match, Ganso was overwhelmed by the impact of his close friend on the game, and revealed that Neymar had vowed to net a hat trick against the Tricolor before the encounter.

"This kid is a genius, and he is also a prophet - he predicted the game's outcome," the playmaker explained to reporters. "Once more he has helped the fans with three beautiful goals and we are in the final again."

Santos and Guarani will now meet in a two-legged final, with the first match to be played in Campinas on May 6.