NEYMAR was seemingly left stunned by Gabriel Martinelli’s inclusion in Brazil’s World Cup squad.

The Arsenal hitman – who has been a shining light in Mikel Arteta’s side over the last two seasons – was selected in Tite’s 26-man squad for Qatar 2022 on Monday.

Gabriel Martinelli's form for Arsenal has earned him a spot in Brazil's World Cup squad


Gabriel Martinelli’s form for Arsenal has earned him a spot in Brazil’s World Cup squadCredit: GETTY
Neymar looked surprised to hear of Gabriel Martinelli's inclusion in the squad


Neymar looked surprised to hear of Gabriel Martinelli’s inclusion in the squad
Neymar watched the squad announcement with his two children


Neymar watched the squad announcement with his two childrenCredit: @neymarjr

And although his inclusion in the squad didn’t come as a surprise to fans of the Premier League, it appeared to be a massive shock to Neymar.

The Paris Saint-Germain ace hitman seemingly raised his eyebrows in disbelief after hearing Martinelli‘s inclusion – at the expense of Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino – in the squad before his own name was announced on Brazilian TV.

Footage of his reaction quickly went viral and became the talk of social media, with one footy fan saying: “The reaction to Martinelli.

“I would love to see Gabi finding out he made it.”

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Another said: “Nelli’s coming for his spot soon, that’s why.”

And another said: “Neymar hearing Martinelli’s before his name made him shook.”

One remarked: “He knows he needs to up his game or else Martinelli is gonna bench him.”

Another chimed in: “Neymar thought his spot was in danger for a moment.”


Gunners star Martinelli is part of the 11-man Premier League contingent of Brazil’s squad for Qatar 2022.

Manchester United trio Antony, Casemiro and Fred have all made the cut – despite the Red Devils’ inconsistent season.

Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva will be one of the oldest outfield players in the tournament at the age of 38 following his selection.

Liverpool duo Fabinho and Alisson have also been called up to the squad – as well as Arsenal and Tottenham stars Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison.

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Newcastle and West Ham stars Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta have also made the final squad for the tournament – as well as former Leeds ace Rafinha.

But there was no room in Tite’s squad for Firmino or Gabriel Magalhaes, both of whom have enjoyed strong seasons with Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.

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