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I can't wait to see Bolt - Neymar

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Neymar

Brazil's superstar football player Neymar is anxiously awaiting six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt in Rio this summer.

Neymar, who is currently back in Brazil, says he cannot wait for the start of the Olympic Games. After missing the ongoing Copa AmÈrica Centenario tournament, the Barcelona player is dreaming of leading his country to a gold medal at the Olympics.

One of the things he's most looking forward to is seeing Jamaican sprinter Bolt.

"I really can't wait to see Usain Bolt in action. I'm a big fan," Neymar said.

"I also want to see Brazil in the volleyball and basketball and watch our swimmers and judokas, though what I'm looking forward to most of all is soaking up the atmosphere in the Olympic Village. In London we weren't with the other athletes, and I think it's going to be very different this time," he added.

The 24-year-old, who is close to renewing his contract with Barca, told olympics.org: "I've played in the Confederations Cup and the World Cup in Brazil, and the Olympic Games will complete the set. I'm going to be so happy about it.

"London was so special. I had such an amazing time at my first Games, and I'll remember it for the rest of my life," he said.

OLYMPICS ARE DIFFERENT

The Brazilian star, who will be joined by club teammate Rafinha at the Games, added: "The Olympics are different because every sport is there. The whole world is watching, and it's an occasion that brings friends and family together. I loved watching the Games on TV when I was a boy, and I had the honour of achieving that goal very early in my career before playing in the World Cup."

And as for his nation's chances of winning Olympic gold, he's confident Brazil's time will come.

"If Brazil have yet to win the football gold medal that we're all dreaming about, then it means our time is still to come," said Neymar.

Neymar, who is currently back in Brazil, can't wait for the start of the Olympic Games in Rio. After missing the Copa AmÈrica, the Barcelona player is dreaming of leading his country to a gold medal.