Santos' Neymar: Lifting Copa Libertadores is the happiest day of my career

The 19-year-old was in euphoric mood following his breathtaking contribution to Santos' victory over Penarol, while Ganso showered him with praise

Santos forward Neymar entered the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Penarol amid extraordinary hype. Lusted after by Real Madrid and championed as Ronaldo's long-term successor at Brazil's spearhead, many were intrigued to see if he could step up to the occasion and put on one of the shows for which he's become renowned.

They weren't disappointed on an unforgettable night for Neymar at the Pacaembu. The 19-year-old scored the first and had a hand in the second en route to a 2-1 victory which ended Santos' 49-year wait for the Libertadores trophy and booked them a place at December's Fifa Club World Cup alongside Barcelona.

And that was not all there was to Neymar's exhilarating second-half exhibition. Indeed, he hit the post, created one gilt-edged chance for Ganso and terrorised the Uruguayans incessantly with his pace, movement and singular skills.

“It's the happiest day of my career, I've made my history,” said a euphoric Neymar thereafter.

“The goal was wonderful. Now it's [time to] think about the national team.”

And while the Santos No. 11 will now set his sights of helping Brazil win next month's Copa America, his club and international team-mate is hoping he resists the overtures of Real Madrid.

“Neymar is my brother, he's a great player, a genius,” said Ganso.

“I hope I can stay here for a long time so we can celebrate many more titles together.”

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