Crowd at Holland, Costa Rica game chants for Neymar
Fans hold a picture of Brazilian player Neymar and a sign reading " Go Neymar Brazil will win" before a quarter-final football match between Argentina and Belgium at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA)
SALVADOR, Brazil -- The caravan that rushed Brazil's Neymar to hospital Friday night was akin to the Kennedy assassination.
Media in Fortaleza waited through the night at a private clinic before Neymar finally emerged having suffered a fractured vertebra in a quarterfinal win over Colombia.
Had you not been following injury updates on one of the world's best players, you might have thought he had succumbed to his injuries.
What else are you supposed to think when 60,000 Brazilians suddenly start chanting Neymar's name in a match that doesn't even involve Brazil?
It happened three times during Saturday night's quarterfinal between the Netherlands and Costa Rica.
The "Ney-Mar" chants began a quarter-hour in before repeating in the 35th and 57th minutes.
As I've said before, in this part of the world, after God and Christ, Neymar is third in command.