According to scientists, Neymar uses instinct and not his brain when playing football
In a recent experiment, Japanese scientists discovered that the Brazil and Barcelona star uses 10% less cerebral function than an amateur player when he executes simple movements such as rotating his ankle.
The 22-year-old had his brain activity recorded during a session in February, and it was compared to those of footballers playing at a lower level in Spain, as well as several other athletes from different sports.
One of the researchers, Eliichi Naito, explained the team’s findings in an interview with AFP.
"From MRI images we discovered Neymar's brain activity to be less than 10 percent of an amateur player. It is possible genetics is a factor, aided by the type of training he does."
"Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows (the player) to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies."
The findings back up the theory that the brain of a player of Neymar's quality is almost on auto-pilot as he makes football decisions and owes a great deal to instinct and playing naturally.