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Neymar: 'I'm Happy Here in Brazil'
Reuters, October 31st, 2012 6:48PM

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Coveted by Europe's big clubs, Neymar says he is still not ready to leave Brazil.

"I'm happy here in Brazil," the 20-year-old forward told Reuters in an interview. "I'm happy at Santos. I have a dream of playing in Europe, but it's still not the right moment."

As the Brazilian economy has grown, so have the rewards for Brazilian stars who stay at home. Neymar has 11 sponsorship deals and a Neymar shop selling licensed products ranging from mouse pads to cushions and toys. With his distinctive Mohican hairstyle, he has a huge following.

"I know they copy my hair, my way of doing things, almost everything, but I don't feel like a pop star," he said of his young fans. "I'm happy with the affection because I was a fan, I'm still a fan today and I know what it's like to have an idol."

Neymar insists he is no prima donna.

"I don't feel like the big star," he said. "Everyone plays their part. If they play the ball to me but nobody else moves, I'm not going to be able to dribble past my marker. It's a collective sport."

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