Neymar retracts vacations to keep playing

09:01, December 02, 2010      

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The 18-year-old star striker for Santos FC, Neymar decided on Wednesday that he will no longer take an early vacation.

The club previously endorsed his vacation in order for him to rest before heading to the under-20 national team workouts.

Neymar based his decision upon his desire to play. He said that he loves what he does and is truly happy when he scores, assists a teammate and wins.

He said that he is not looking to break any records or chase after the record books. He is referring to his 43 goals scored this year, two short of breaking the all-time record set by Serginho Chulapa for goals scored in a single season at Santos.

Neymar also stands in second place for most goals scored in the 2010 Brazilian Championship. With 17 goals scored, he stands behind Gremio's striker Jonas who has scored 22 goals.

Santos closes out the Brazilian Championship on December 5 when they receive Flamengo in the 38th and last round of play.

Another reason for Neymar to abandon a brief vacation is to stay in top shape. As soon as the Brazilian Championship is over, he is expected to join the rest of the under-20 national team in Rio de Janeiro on December 13 for the South American Cup.

This year's competition will begin in mid January and will be held in Peru. The tournament awards two teams a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Source: Xinhua


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