When Brazil take on Serbia tonight at Lusail Stadium in Qatar, the South American team’s star player, Neymar, will have an extraordinary supporting ensemble cheering him on in the stands.
Widely regarded as the best Brazilian footballer of his generation, the 30-year-old striker will hope to lead his team to World Cup glory before Christmas arrives…with his feisty younger sister Rafaella Santos, 26, leading the family singing.
Indeed, the passionate football fan, who will likely be joined by Neymar Sr, the footballer’s 57-year-old father, once celebrated a goal her brother scored so hard against Costa Rica that she dislocated her shoulder.
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Rafaella Santos, who has 5.7 million followers on Instagram, is the younger sister of Brazilian star Neymar Jr.
Rafaella, who once dated fellow Brazil star Lucas Lima, will be cheering for her big brother against Serbia tonight – after flying to the Middle East (the siblings pictured together earlier this year)
Described as being extremely close to her older brother, growing up together in a humble home in Sao Paulo, a recent photo of the couple was captioned “love doing life with you,” followed by a love heart emoji.
And when Neymar signed for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for €222 million, his sister followed her brother to the French capital.
The influencer, who promotes several products, including a vitamin brand, has a whopping 5.7 million followers — though her big brother has a whopping 183 million global fans on the social media platform.
Both siblings are currently single, with Neymar divorcing his long-term love Bruna Biancardi in the summer after dating just over a year.
Rafaella, who once dated fellow Brazilian star Lucas Lima, will be cheering on her big brother against Serbia – after flying to the Middle East. Pictured: The siblings with their father Neymar Santos Sr at the PSG stadium in Paris
And in 2015, she even got inked to prove her devotion to her footballer brother — by getting his eyes tattooed on her left arm (pictured)
Biancardi, 27, who is also from Sao Paulo and has nearly 2 million followers on Instagram, will not be joining Rafaella in Qatar.
And it is believed that Rafaella is also single, after her relationship with Fortaleza football star Lucas Lima came to a standstill.
While the pair are rumored to have reunited in the fall, little of him can be seen on her social media accounts.
Prior to that, Neymar’s sister dated the man once dubbed the ‘new Neymar’. Rafaella was romantically linked to Inter Milan and Brazilian striker Gabigol, a close friend of her brother.
Gabigol and Neymar grew up together in football – both were on Santos’ books as young players and both are now stars of the national team.
The doting sister has long been known for her public displays of affection for her big brother; when she was a teenager and he stormed the world football stage, she once wrote, “My heart is yours, my love is yours, my smile is yours, my day, my night, my desire, my best company.”
On the move: The influencer updated her fans with a photo where she appears to be flying to the Middle East yesterday, ahead of Brazil’s first match
Rafaella is thought to be single, after her relationship with Fortaleza football star Lucas Lima fizzled out earlier this year
Is the hour coming? Brazil has won the World Cup five times, but since taking the trophy in 2002 has failed to do it with Europe’s powerhouses – Neymar hopes to shine on the world stage
And in 2015, she even got inked to prove her devotion to her footballer brother – by getting his eyes tattooed on her left arm.
The design was revealed by tattoo artist Adao Rosa, who took to his Instagram page to post a few snaps.
“This is the tattoo I got on my loving friend @rafaella, a tribute to her idol and her brother @neymarjr,” Rosa wrote.
And the love between siblings is mutual, Neymar once shared a photo of the pair drinking wine with the caption: ‘Wine + Sister = Heart [emoji]’
Meanwhile, Neymar also got her face on his arm.
Indeed, the Brazilian striker made headlines after attending his sister’s birthday parties four years running – despite her mid-season big day in March, said to be injured.
At Barcelona, it was even beginning to be noticed that Neymar would be suspended or rested for the game closest to celebration.
England’s latest WAG on the block! Everything you need to know about Bukayo Saka’s girlfriend Tolami Benson, 22, after they FINALLY confirmed their relationship at the World Cup
England’s WAGs celebrated at the Qatar World Cup stadium after the team’s 6-2 win against Iran.
Bukayo Saka’s glamorous girlfriend Tolami Benson, 22, stepped out to cheer on the footballer before rushing to celebrate with the team after watching their spectacular win.
The pair were reported to have started dating in late 2020 but have kept their relationship quiet until recently.
Bukayo Saka’s girlfriend Tolami Benson, 22, (left) stepped out to cheer on the footballer before rushing to celebrate with the team after watching their spectacular win
Their romance was discovered by fans in February when they shared individual photos on a yacht in Dubai
Rumors about the relationship between the Arsenal player and Benson started last year when she posted a photo with someone in a mask on Instagram.
Before the match, Tolami also shared a photo online posing in England’s blue and white shirt.
She later appeared in high spirits as she sat next to Saka’s brother, as they both wore matching England shirts to show their support for the team.
Their romance was discovered by fans in February when they shared individual photos on a yacht in Dubai.
The couple doesn’t share photos of themselves together or even follow each other on social media.
However, Benson regularly shared photos in Gunners kit with her 7,500 followers on Instagram, showing her support for her boyfriend’s Premier League team.
The beauty was born on December 3, 2000, making her one year older than her beau Saka, who was born on September 5, 2001.
Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius, which means she is an optimistic and reliable person. Tolami seems to be a very private person and details about her personal life or what her profession is have not yet been revealed.
England fans were full of praise for winger Saka following England’s World Cup victory against Iran yesterday.
The team defeated Iran 6–2 in their opening game in Qatar, with Saka scoring twice in the 43rd and 62nd minutes.