Neymar joins exclusive Libertadores-Champions League club

The 23-year-old wrote his name into the history books on Saturday, becoming just the eighth player to claim club football's top prizes on the two continents
LIBERTADORES & CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNERS
 DIDA (CRUZEIRO AND AC MILAN)

Won the Libertadores in 1997 before the 2002 World Cup and two European crowns with the Rossoneri
 CAFU (SAO PAULO AND AC MILAN)

The legendary full-back lifted the Libertadores in 1992 and '93 and the World Cup in '94 and 2002, before finally adding the Champions League in 2007
 JUAN PABLO SORIN (RIVER PLATE AND JUVENTUS)

Appeared for just a few minutes of a group stage match in Juventus' 1996 Champions League-winning capaign before claiming the Libertadores with River plate the same year.
 ROQUE JUNIOR (PALMEIRAS AND AC MILAN)

Another 2002 world champion, the defender secured the Champions League a year later having lifted the Libertadores in 1999
 CARLOS TEVEZ (BOCA AND MAN UTD)

Was named the best player of the competition as he inspired Boca Juniors to the 2003 Libertadores, before claiming the Champions League with Man Utd in 2008.
 WALTER SAMUEL (BOCA AND INTER MILAN)

The Argentina international won the Libertadores with Boca in 2000 before forming a vital part of Jose Mourinho's Inter in 2010.
 RONALDINHO (BARCELONA AND A. MINEIRO)

The Brazil legend finally completed the set with Atletico Mineiro two years ago, after lifting the World Cup in 2002 and Champions League in 2006
 NEYMAR (SANTOS AND BARCELONA)

in 2011 the attacker ended Santos' long wait for a third Libertadores before Saturday's Champions League victory in Berlin.

Brazil captain Neymar made yet more history on Saturday night, joining an exclusive list of players who have claimed both the Copa Libertadores and the Uefa Champions League.

The 23-year-old hit the final goal of the game in Berlin on Saturday as his Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 to complete a historic treble.

And with that strike, he became the eighth player, and fifth Brazilian, in the game’s history to boast winning medals from South America and Europe’s premier club competitions.

Santiago Solari, a Champions League winner with Real Madrid in 2002, is often cited, but he never appeared for River plate in their 1996 Libertadores triumph.

While Neymar shares that accolade with some of the game’s greats, he made a list of his own at the same time, becoming the first player to score in final victories in both competitions.

Hernan Crespo scored in finals of both, for River Plate and AC Milan, but never won the European title after his side let a three-goal lead slip against Liverpool in 2005. 

In 2011 a 19-year-old Neymar was voted the competition’s best player as he led Santos to their first Copa Libertadores since the days of Pele, ending a 50-year wait for the club’s third continental crown.

After battling to a goalless draw in Uruguay in the first leg against Penarol, Neymar gave Santos the lead two minutes after break, before current Brazil team-mate Danilo struck to secure a 2-1 victory at the Pacaembu.

The title was Santos’ third Libertadores, making them the most successful Brazilian club in the competition’s history.

“It's the happiest day of my life, I made history," gushed an emotional Neymar, head wrapped in a band that read ‘100% Jesus’.

He made yet more on Saturday, as the now famous headband made a return in Berlin. “Now I think there is nothing left to claim, there is nothing more you can say about me," he told ESPN Brazil.

Neymar has left his plaudits lost for words for some time now, but there is more to come. He is already closing in on Pele’s record goal tally for Brazil, and there is plenty of unfinished business at international level.

After leading the Selecao to the Confederations Cup title in 2013, a premature back injury ended his World Cup hopes last year as Brazil went on to exit the competition to Germany in the semi-finals.

Saturday’s heroics in Berlin means he will miss the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour clash with Mexico on Sunday, but is expected to return on Wednesday for the clash with Honduras.

Neymar will then set his sights on his first major title for his country as he captains the side that will travel to Chile in search of the Copa America. In 2016 he will lead the pursuit for Brazil’s first Olympic goal medal.

And then comes World Cup 2018. Neymar doesn’t have quite it all just yet. But few would bet against him to keep making history.