When Brazil take on Serbia in the Lusail Stadium in Qatar tonight, the South American team’s star player, Neymar, will have a particularly supportive ensemble cheering him on in the stands.
The 30-year-old striker, widely regarded as the finest Brazilian footballer of his generation, will be hoping to lead his team to World Cup glory before Christmas arrives…with his exuberant younger sister Rafaella Santos, 26, leading the family chants.
Indeed, the impassioned football fan, who’s likely to be joined by Neymar Sr, the footballer’s 57-year-old father, once celebrated a goal her brother scored against Costa Rica so hard, that she dislocated her shoulder.
Rafaella Santos, who has 5.7million Instagram followers, is the younger sister of Brazilian star Neymar Jr – and is ‘extremely close’ to the footballer, regarded as one of the world’s best players
Rafaella, who once dated fellow Brazil star Lucas Lima, will be cheering on her big brother against Serbia tonight – after jetting into the Middle East (The siblings pictured together earlier this year)
Described as extremely close to her older brother, growing up together in a modest home in Sao Paulo, a recent photo of the pair was captioned ‘love doing life with you’, followed by a love heart emoji.
And when Neymar signed for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 in a move worth 222 million euros, his sister followed her brother to the French capital.
The influencer, who promotes various products including a vitamin brand, has a staggering 5.7million followers – although her big brother has a whopping 183 million global fans on the social media platform.
Both siblings are currently single, with Neymar splitting from his long-term love Bruna Biancardi in the summer after dating for just over a year.
Rafaella, who once dated fellow Brazil star Lucas Lima, will be cheering on her big brother against Serbia – after jetting into 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 dedication to her footballer brother – by having his eyes tattooed on her left arm (pictured)
Biancardi, 27, who’s also from Sao Paulo and has nearly 2 million followers on Instagram, won’t be joining Rafaella in Qatar.
And it’s thought that Rafaella is also single, after her relationship with Fortaleza football star Lucas Lima stalled.
Although there are rumours the couple were reunited in the autumn, there is little sign of him on her social media accounts.
Before that, Neymar’s sister dated the man once dubbed the ‘new Neymar’. Rafaella was romantically linked to Inter Milan and Brazil striker nicknamed Gabigol, a close friend of her brother.
Gabigol and Neymar have grown up in football together – both were on Santos’ books as youngsters and both are now stars of the national team.
The doting sister has long since been known for her public displays of affection for her big brother; when she was a teenager and he had burst onto the world’s football stage, she once wrote: ‘My heart is yours, my love is yours, my smile is yours, my day, my night, my longing, my best company.’
On her way: The influencer updated her fans with a photo of her appearing to be jetting into the Middle East yesterday, ahead of Brazil’s first match
It’s thought that Rafaella is single, after her relationship with Fortaleza football star Lucas Lima stalled earlier this year
Cometh the hour? Brazil have won the World Cup five times but since lifting the trophy in 2002, they’ve failed to cut it with the powerhouses of Europe – Neymar will be hoping to shine on the world stage
And in 2015, she even got inked to prove her dedication to her footballer brother – by having 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 couple of snaps.
‘This is the tattoo that I have done on my loving friend @rafaella, a homage to her idol and her brother @neymarjr,’ Rosa wrote.
And the sibling love is mutual, Neymar once shared a photo of the pair drinking wine that read: ‘Wine + Sister = Heart [emoji]’
Meanwhile Neymar also got her face inked on his arm.
Indeed, the Brazilian forward made headlines after, claiming injury, he attended his sister’s birthday parties four years in a row – despite her big day falling mid-season in March.
It even began to be noticed at Barcelona that Neymar would be suspended or rested for the game closest to the celebration.
England’s newest 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 WAGs were seen celebrating 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 the football player on before rushing to celebrate with the team after watching their spectacular victory.
The pair are thought 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 the football player on before rushing to celebrate with the team after watching their spectacular victory
Their romance was uncovered by fans in February when they shared individual pictures on a yacht in Dubai
Rumours of the relationship between the Arsenal player and Benson began last year when she posted a photo with someone in a mask on Instagram.
Before the match, Tolami also shared a snap online as she posed in the blue and white England shirt.
She later appeared in high spirits as she grabbed a seat alongside Saka’s brother, with both wearing matching England shirts to show their support to the team.
Their romance was uncovered by fans in February when they shared individual pictures on a yacht in Dubai.
The couple do not share pictures of themselves together and don’t even follow each other on social media.
However, Benson regularly shared pictures in Gunners kit to 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 that she is an optimistic and reliable person. Tolami appears to be a very private person and details about her personal life or what her occupation is hasn’t been disclosed yet.
England fans heaped praise on the winger Saka after England’s World Cup win over Iran yesterday.
The team beat Iran 6-2 in their opening game in Qatar, with Saka scoring twice in the 43rd and 62nd minute.