Thousands of Brazilian fans set to wear matching, slightly terrifying Neymar masks to support the star’s recovery

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Neymar is, by all measures, a great-looking guy. But the 22-year-old Brazilian soccer heartthrob, who has been rendered unfit for World Cup action because of a back injury, doesn’t make the best mask. In fact, in mask form, his visage is kind of terrifying.

Seriously, even Neymar probably wouldn’t look good in a Neymar mask. But looking good isn’t the point. Thousands of Brazilian fans are said to be opting to sport the mask in Tuesday’s semifinal match against Germany to show their support for the recovery of their No. 1 player.

And, hey, if thousands of badly cut-out Neymars psych out the Germans, that’s just an extra bonus for the Brazilian side. The World Cup hosts are hoping to advance to the finals and win their first World Cup since 2002.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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