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Blog - The Toe Poke

Video: Neymar comes to the rescue of 8-year-old pitch invader

Neymar helped a young fan while on training duty with Brazil

With his favourite players limbering up just yards away from him during a visit to Brazil's World Cup training facilities on Sunday evening, eight-year-old football fanatic Bernard couldn't help himself and ran onto the pitch to get closer to his Selecao heroes.

Unfortunately, Bernard was intercepted by a couple of burly security guards who promptly marched the poor lamb back from whence he came before giving him a stern ticking off.

However, it was at this point Neymar spotted the hubbub and jogged over to Bernard's rescue, escorting the star-struck little chap back onto the pitch in order to take a quick group photo with Thiago Silva, Marcelo and David Luiz among others...

"I started crying because I thought (the security guard) would take me to jail," Bernard later told Brazilian news outlet Terra.

Thankfully, it all worked out in the end thanks to a bit of heart-warming interaction from his superstar idol.

The resulting photo was undoubtedly a truly unique souvenir for little Bernard, though he may grow to resent Neymar for not turning on the flash properly!