Dani Alves, 38, headlines Brazil’s Olympic squad

Dani Alves, 38, headlines Brazil’s Olympic squad

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and Real Madrid winger Rodrygo have been left off Brazil’s squad for this Summer’s Olympics.

Thirty-eight-year-old Sao Paulo defender Dani Alves, who is out of the Copa America through injury, has made the cut.

Neymar was included in Andre Jardine’s preliminary roster but did not make the 18-man squad for the Olympics. It was Neymar’s penalty kick in Rio that earned Brazil its first Olympic gold medal five years ago. He also scored a fantastic free kick in that final.

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Neymar, who also won silver at London 2012, had expressed an interest in playing in Tokyo this summer. His exclusion was, however, expected.

The 29-year-old is competing at the Copa America and scored in his team’s opener — a 3-0 win over Venezuela on Sunday.

Top European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, vetoed their stars from playing in Tokyo next month.

Brazil are in Group D with Germany, Saudi Arabia and the Ivory Coast.

Brazil squad:

Goalkeepers: Santos (Athletico PR), Brenno (Gremio)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Sao Paulo), Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras) Guilherme Arana (Atletico), Nino (Fluminense), Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal), Diego Carlos (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), B. Guimaraes (Olympique Lyon), Matheus Henrique (Gremio), Gerson (Flamengo), Claudinho (Red Bull Braga)

Forwards: Malcom (FC Zenit), Antony (Ajax), Paulinho (Bayer Leverkusen), Matheus Cunha (Hertha Berlin), Pedro (Flamengo)

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