Eigon Oliveira, who calls himself “Neymar’s doppelganger,” was going back home after a short yet tumultuous stint in Qatar.
It’s very hard to spot a difference between the two with naked eyes as Oliveira put on Brazil’s training uniform and wore similar sunglasses, hat and beard as the Brazil star.
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He literally created some havoc with his public appearances. He also appears to have the same tattoos as Neymar, and was usually accompanied by a friend who dressed as a member of staff of the Brazilian soccer confederation.
A Puma store in Doha had to temporarily close when Oliveira visited and attracted hundreds of fans. He had to be taken to the back of the store until things calmed down.
There was also trouble when the lookalike made it to one of Brazil’s World Cup games, as fans clamored to get autographs and a photo. Some of the Brazil players on the field before the match looked up to see what was going on. Security eventually escorted the lookalike away.
Being Neymar’s double has become a job for Oliveira. He has traveled around the world imitating the player, including to France, where Neymar plays for Paris Saint-Germain. He makes money out of his appearances and by acting as the player’s double in commercial shoots.
He has met Neymar a few times during some of his commercial shoots, and said that the player was fine with him acting as his lookalike.
(With inputs from AP)