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Copa Libertadores standouts, record-holders

Juan Sebastian Veron (second from right) takes part in a victory celebration in La Plata, Argentina, on July 16, 2009, after his team, Argentine club Estudiantes, won the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club soccer tournament. Alongside him is his father Juan Ramon (second from left), who starred for that club in the 1960s and early 1970s and won three Copa Libertadores titles. The Verons are the most successful father-and-son duo in Copa Libertadores history in terms of titles won. EPA-EFE/Javier Brusco/File

Juan Sebastian Veron (second from right) takes part in a victory celebration in La Plata, Argentina, on July 16, 2009, after his team, Argentine club Estudiantes, won the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club soccer tournament. Alongside him is his father Juan Ramon (second from left), who starred for that club in the 1960s and early 1970s and won three Copa Libertadores titles. The Verons are the most successful father-and-son duo in Copa Libertadores history in terms of titles won. EPA-EFE/Javier Brusco/File

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Brazilian superstar forward Neymar Jr. said on social media that the groin injury he suffered in the first few minutes of a friendly against Cameroon was not serious.

The Paris Saint-Germain star was visibly in pain when he left the field at Stadium MK outside London before the 10-minute mark of Tuesday’s game, which Brazil won 1-0.

His replacement, Richarlison, scored the game’s only goal shortly before halftime.

“Thank you to everyone who sent messages wishing me a good recovery. I don’t think it was anything serious,” Neymar wrote on Instagram.

Referring to the Brazilian national side’s performance in 2018, the squad’s captain said he and his teammates were happy with the work they put in despite their elimination in the quarter-finals by Belgium at the World Cup in Russia.

“These last few matches were important in recovering from the biggest blow, which was the World Cup. We remain strong, focused and with the goal of continuing to get better. Congratulations guys, for everything,” he said.

Brazil has won all six friendlies it has played since losing to Belgium.

Neymar also said on social media that he was happy to have earned his 100th cap with the national team, adding that it was always a great honor for him to play for the Selecao.


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