Brazil legend Rivaldo tips Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus to be the “leader” of the team for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, taking control of the mantle from Neymar.
Brazil legend Rivaldo has actually tipped Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus to replace Neymar as the national team’s “leader” at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Neymar led Brazil to their first ever Olympic football gold medal on home soil in 2016, however his involvement in the postponed 2021 Games remains in doubt amidst speculation that club side Paris Saint-Germain might obstruct him from completing.
Jesus was likewise part of the 2016 gold medal-winning squad, and Rivaldo has actually tipped the forward to end up being the team’s leader if he is picked as among the allowed over-age players.
“If things go according to my expectations then I think Gabriel Jesus could be the Brazilian leader in 2021 after helping Neymar on his 2016 conquest in Rio, scoring three goals throughout the competition,” Rivaldo informed Betfair.
” He was necessary on that Olympic campaign and now is a routine starter on Brazilian national team and might make the distinction in Tokyo alongside with other great players such as Richarlison or Lucas Paqueta – which are likewise exceeding the limitation age – and even Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo from Real Madrid.
” Brazil is an everlasting favourite in every football competition, however our win in 2016 was the first Olympic gold medal in our history, so this is a generally hard competition for us. I was close from the gold in 96 however didn’t accomplish it – like numerous other great players of the past – so this is a great obstacle that not all the players can state they have actually attained.
” However I think we have a strong sufficient squad to take us to the title this time. The Olympic team is commanded by Andre Jardine who I do not understand especially well, however from what I have actually heard he is an excellent individual and a capable manager that need to take this group of players into the latter phases of Tokyo 2021.”
Jesus made his senior Brazil debut quickly after their Olympic success in 2016 and has actually because gone on to win 39 caps for his nation, scoring 18 goals.