Santos star Ganso has revealed a new talent of Brazilian starlet Neymar, labelling him a ‘prophet’ after he predicted his hat-trick against Sao Paulo.
The 20-year-old wonderkid netted all three of the Santos’ goals as they downed their Paulista rivals 3-1 on Sunday, setting up a clash with Guarani in the state championship final.
Muricy Ramalho’s team will now have the opportunity to fight for a third successive Paulista crown, mirroring triumphs in 2010 and 2011.
Speaking after the match, Ganso was overwhelmed by the impact of his close friend on the game, and revealed that Neymar had vowed to net a hat-trick before the encounter.
“This kid is a genius, and he is also a prophet – he predicted the game’s outcome,” Ganso told reporters.
“Once more he has helped the fans with three beautiful goals and we are in the final again.”
Santos and Guarani will meet in a two-legged final, with the first match to be played in Campinas on May 6.