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Brazil’s Neymar Never Had A Chance To Be Loved

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian comedian Jô Soares has a joke that came to mind last week during Brazil’s round-of-16 World Cup match against Mexico. “In Miami,” Soares says, “when a Porsche passes by, people think: ‘I’m going to work hard, to buy a car just like that.’ In Brazil, people say: ‘The owner of that car must be a thief. He must have stolen to be able to buy a car like that.’”

It was a few minutes before 11 a.m. on July 2. There was a warm sun in a cloudless sky, and across the chaotic me…

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