Brazil’s women’s team has performed far better than the men during the 2016 Olympics
After Brazil’s men’s soccer team failed to win its first two matches of the Olympics, local fans have taken to customizing replica soccer jerseys of the team’s star, Neymar, by crossing out his name and replacing it with that of Marta, his counterpart on the women’s team. Both, conveniently, wear number 10.
The move is a protest as much as a celebration. Neymar is one of the biggest stars in soccer, and his addition to the Olympic squad was supposed to redeem a nation still reeling from its humiliating exit from the 2014 World Cup it hosted. But the men’s squad has performed poorly thus far, playing South Africa and Iraq to draws, and faces elimination Wednesday night if they lose against Denmark.
Meanwhile, the star Marta has led Brazil’s women’s team to two wins at the Games. But while vendors stocked up on Neymar gear, Marta cheap soccer jerseys are in shorter supply, Quartz reports. The solution for many fans has been to make their own: