Rio de Janeiro: It’s not superstar Neymar. Rather, football crazy Brazilians are rooting for their all-time greatest woman footballer — Marta.
While Marta has been thriving with the women’s team, Neymar has disappointed at the men’s Olympic tournament.
Chants of “Mar-ta! Mar-ta!” reverberated at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia where Neymar and his men struggled to a goalless draw against Iraq.
Besides taking to social networks declaring “Marta is better than Neymar”, fans have been widely sharing photos and videos of Bernardo Risca, a young boy wearing a Brazil jersey with Neymar’s name crossed out and Marta’s scrawled in with a heart.
Fans are also enraged over absence of Marta jerseys in the markets. Brazilian actor Alexandre Nero took to Facebook to voice his protest.