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Neymar Jr loses to Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook football challenge

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Neymar Jr in action for Barcelona

Brazilian football star Neymar Jr responded to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg when the latter challenged the Brazilian to a Football Messenger football game through a video. Neymar responded to the request and posted a video of him playing the game but the Barcelona forward lost the game to Zuckerberg 37 points to 29. Juggling the ball 38 times is way too easy task for Neymar in the field but it was a different platform altogether. This new game available on Facebook messenger allows users to perform football tricks online.

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After Mark challenged Neymar, the Brazilian responded, “Challenge accepted! I’ll train, and tomorrow I’ll talk to you….”

It is also learnt as per reports that the FC Barcelona forward has further challenged Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton for a game of Messenger football. The Brazilian forward even congratulated Mark Zuckerberg for winning the battle.

The founder of Facebook felt confident about the challenge as this game is quite different from actual “Football.” In this version “thumbs” are used for playing rather than the “feet”. According to reports of VentureBeat, Zuckerberg said, “I think I’ve got a good shot, because this is all about using a phone, and some strong solid thumbs, and I think I’ve got that on him [Neymar].”

Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO and co-founder of Facebook, probably the most popular social networking site in the world. As of June 2016, his net worth was estimated at US $51.2 billion, which ranked him as the 6th richest person in the world.

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Brazil looking for Olympic glory 

Neymar is a professional Brazilian footballer who plays for Catalan giants FC Barcelona in the Spanish League. He is going to feature in the upcoming Olympic Games to be held in his country next month and has been one of the leading footballers in the world along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He was an instrumental figure in Brazil’s Confederations Cup triumph and was even awarded the Best Player of the tournament back in 2013.

Brazil has never won the gold medal in Olympic football and their best result has been silver. Neymar would be leading the Brazil attack in Rio and will hope to bring home the prize backed by a vociferous home crowd.

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