Neymar replaced as Brazil captain by PSG team-mate Dani Alves for Copa America

Neymar has been replaced as Brazil captain for next month’s Copa America by Paris St Germain team-mate Dani Alves.

In a statement released on Monday, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said: “Daniel Alves will be captain of the Brazilian national team in the friendly matches against Qatar and Honduras and in Copa America Brazil 2019.

“The decision was communicated to Neymar by Tite on Saturday.”

Brazil coach Tite had named Neymar as permanent captain a few months after Brazil’s World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Belgium last year but has been under pressure to replace the 27-year-old due to his disciplinary issues. Neymar was banned for three matches by the French football authorities earlier this month for hitting a fan after PSG’s French Cup final loss to Stade Rennes and was also reportedly involved in a dressing fracas with his PSG team-mates.

Alves, 36, has 138 caps for Brazil and has captained his country on four previous occasions, the last of which was a 1-0 friendly victory over Germany in 2018.

Brazil, who are hosting the Copa America, open the tournament against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 14.

Dani Alves has been named Brazil captain for the Copa America

Head coach Tite has stripped the PSG winger of the captaincy, instead of naming his team-mate as skipper for the summer tournament Neymar will not captain Brazil during next month’s Copa America, with Dani Alves handed the armband for the showpiece South American tournament on home soil.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was named permanent Brazil captain by head coach Tite in September 2018, however, he has been replaced by 36-year-old club and country team-mate Alves.

In a statement released on Monday, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said: “The decision was communicated to Neymar by Tite on Saturday.”

Neymar is set to serve a three-match ban for striking an opposition supporter after last month’s Coupe de France defeat against Rennes.

The Brazilan star scored 23 goals in all competitions this season after recovering from a foot injury with 15 goals coming in Ligue 1 play.

That number was good for fifth in the French league, with team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani as well as Florian Thauvin and Nicolas Pepe surpassing Neymar this campaign.

The 27-year-old also appeared to be weighed down by the burden of expectations on his shoulders during Brazil’s World Cup campaign last year as the Selecao lost in the quarter-finals.

Brazil is set to host the Copa America, with the eight-time champions – who failed to progress beyond the group stage in 2016 – drawn alongside Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela in Group A.

Tite’s Brazil will open the tournament against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 14.

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