Neymar named Brazilian player of the year

Santos striker Neymar  was crowned Brazil's player of the year yesterday after a fine season in the Campeonato, scoring 13 goals as his side struggled to a tenth-placed finish.

Neymar did not attend last night's ceremony in Sao Paulo as he was on his way to Tokyo to compete in the FIFA Club World Championship.

The 19-year-old, who also won the best striker's award, has been a target for a number of top European clubs but extended his contract with the Brazilian side last month to 2014.