Neymar appeared to be taken aback by his selection and that of Gabriel Martinelli to Brazil’s World Cup squad.
The striker from Arsenal, who has been a bright spot for Mikel Arteta’s team over the past two seasons, was chosen on Monday for Tite’s 26-man roster for Qatar 2022.
Although Premier League supporters were not surprised by his selection, Neymar appeared to be completely taken aback by it.
The star striker for Paris Saint-Germain appeared to raise his eyebrows in shock when he heard that Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino had been replaced by Martinelli in the squad before his own name was broadcast on Brazilian TV.
His reaction was captured on camera, and it instantly went viral and trended on social media.
One soccer fan commented: “The reaction to Martinelli.”
“I would love to see Gabi finding out he made it.”
Martinelli, a star for Arsenal, is one of the 11 players from the Premier League who will represent Brazil in Qatar in 2022.
Despite Manchester United’s patchy season, the three of Antony, Casemiro, and Fred have all been selected.
Thiago Silva, a center defender for Chelsea, will enter the competition as one of the oldest outfield players at 38 years old.
Along with Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison from Arsenal and Tottenham, Liverpool’s Fabinho and Alisson have also been called up to the team.
Along with former Leeds sensation Rafinha, tournament-bound players Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta are from Newcastle and West Ham respectively.
Firmino and Gabriel Magalhaes, who both had successful seasons with Liverpool and Arsenal, respectively, were unable to join Tite’s team.
Brazil is one of the most dangerous teams in the entire competition because they have players like Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison who have all been called up.
Brazil will undoubtedly start Neymar in Qatar. Only youthful Martinelli, who has only three senior caps, will be vying with him for a spot in the team.
Neymar recorded himself yesterday when Tite unveiled the Brazil team live on television. When his manager introduced Gabriel Jesus, he grinned and appeared to nod in agreement.
However, the PSG superstar’s eyebrows shot up when Martinelli’s name was called out, almost as if he hadn’t anticipate the Arsenal rookie making the team.
Antony sobs uncontrollably
On Monday evening, Tite’s 26-man World Cup selection announcement generated a lot of news coverage. The 61-year-old read out loud the major players for Brazil in Qatar, including the £86 million Manchester United acquisition Antony.
Although the flamboyant winger has previously earned 11 caps for his nation, this will be his first major competition with the Selecao. And everyone was reminded by his endearing response to the news of how much it matters to a football player to represent his nation.
The 22-year-old released a video on his social media accounts after hearing the news with the caption: “For you!!! Thank you, God!! Thank you everyone… friends, family, mom, dad, brothers!! Love you!!! Too much emotion!!”
Hearing his name read out, Antony and three others rushed off the sofa and erupted in joy surrounded by his closest friends. Only a few seconds later, the United star was crying while hugging one of the other three.
Additionally, Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal also received good news when his name was announced as a member of the team. Like Antony, the Brazilian striker has experience playing for Brazil’s national team. In actuality, 56 times.
However, the news of his selection for the World Cup team elicited an equally sincere response, and the Gunners player also took to social media. The 25-year-old used the title “inexplicable” to share a compilation video of him competing for Brazil.