Brazil star Neymar to have his tonsils removed after Confed Cup victory
Winner of the Golden Ball from the Confederations Cup, Brazil’s latest football prodigy Neymar is set to undergo the knife to remove his tonsils. The 21-year-old Brazil international, who was named the best player of the tournament at the Confederations Cup, will have minor throat surgery before joining Barcelona this month.
Neymar, who defeated his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta and compatriot Paulinho for the Golden Ball award, will complete a €57 million transfer deal to the La Liga champions Barcelona this summer.
An emphatic 3-0 victory over Spain also allowed Neymar to share the spoils of silverware at the Confederations Cup. A brace from Fred and a lone strike from Neymar allowed Brazil to end Spain’s era of dominance on Sunday night.
The Maracana Stadium was electrified as Neymar stepped up to lift his award after the Selecao lifted the trophy. Neymar has been the cornerstone to Brazil’s success at the Confederations Cup. The former Santos forward will be operated on Friday this week.
“It's a problem that I have, my throat always bothers me, so we're going to operate to resolve it once and for all,” Neymar told reporters after the game, but insisted that the operation wasn’t as serious as it sounded.
Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba also has plans to remove his tonsils. The official statement from the club claims that “recover time in both cases is about 10 days”. Jordi Alba will arrive at the Madrid airport from Brazil with the rest of Spain national team later this week.
Neymar could have picked up the Golden Ball as well as the Golden boot for scoring four goals. However, Fernando Torres picked up the Golden boot for scoring five goals and an assist, although the Spaniard was without a goal in the Confederation Cup final.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar won the Golden Gloves award. The veteran was quite easily the best goalkeeper in the tournament. Apart from picking up the Runner’s up medals Spain also acquired the FIFA Fair Play Trophy.