Brazilian star Neymar has lost his national team’s captaincy for this summer’s Copa America to veteran Dani Alves.
The Brazil’s football confederation, CBF, said in a statement on Monday that the thirty six year old defender Dani Alves, who is also a teammate of Neymar’s with Paris Saint-Germain will start wearing the armband in the friendly against Qatar on June five in Brasilia.
The twenty seven year old Neymar has been Brazil’s captain since its elimination in the World Cup quarterfinals against Belgium in 2018 while Marcelo was the captain for that tournament, during which Dani Alves was injured.
The CBF said Brazil coach Tite informed Neymar of his decision on Saturday, the day the PSG striker arrived at the national team’s training ground outside Rio de Janeiro.
Tite’s decision comes after Neymar’s altercation with a fan at the French Cup final on April 27 and a Champions League suspension for insulting a match official after PSG’s defeat to Manchester United. The Copa America will be played in Brazil between June 14 and July 7. Brazil are in Group A with Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru