Neymar pranked by his teammate Rafinha on his birthday
Neymar may have received innumerable pleasant birthday messages and gifts as he turned 24 on Friday but his Barcelona team-mate Rafinha, in a heartfelt gesture chose to send his well wishes for Neymar with a delightful prank.
The 22-year-old posted a warm message on Instagram to congratulate the Brazilian superstar but it came with a serious sting in the shape of a rather cheeky video.
When you happen to be the third best player on Earth, you would probably think your team mates would treat you with a healthy dose of respect and empathy.
At most clubs around the world, a player who had just officially come third in the Ballon d’Or that would be cock of the walk, predictably surrounded by colleagues too in just awe of him to even engage in a healthy conversation.
But not at Barcelona, apparently.
Neymar had no idea that he was being filmed as he sat in a repose in the dressing room and was innocently approached by Rafinha, who was actually hiding a slice of birthday cake carefully behind his back.
He has a quick and casual chat with the man who had come third in the latest Ballon d’Or ceremony before slapping the slice right onto Neymar’s cheek and quickly dashing off.
A topless Neymar, with cake heavily running down his face, then readily gets to his feet and gives Rafinha sincere chase, limping on his heavily strapped left leg, although he seemed to be struggling somewhat with the effort. But Rafinha evidently escaped unharmed as he was finally able to upload the video to the world adorned with a nice tribute.
“Brother today is your day!” he wrote. “I wanted to wish you all the happiness in the world! Continue with this joy! This video depicts part of our friendship. I love you brother, happy birthday!”