The departure of Neymar to Barcelona has resulted in unprecedented scenes of street violence in Brazil.
Flag waving protesters have taken over the main thoroughfares in Sao Paolo and Rio.
Small children in the favelas have abandoned their first love ‘futbol’ to voice their concerns that Neymar’s defection to Spain has lead to increases in public transport costs.
Protests have spread through the major cities as transport infrastructures have ground to a halt.
Bus services to Copacabana have been stopped, and the impromptu games of futbol often seen there, have become a sad and distant memory.
In response to the protests, the Brazilian Government has taken a softly softly approach with baton wielding police officers spraying what looks like ‘party poppers’ at passers-by, and old ladies with shopping trolleys.
The President recalled his cabinet to formulate a plan to kidnap Neymar back from Spain, in a bold attempt to quell the growing disquiet with the government’s overall performance.
Meanwhile in Barcelona, Neymar was seen strolling down ‘the Ramblas’ signing autographs in preparation for pre-season training.