Where are the Marta jerseys
RIO DE JANEIRO: Step aside, Neymar ## ## . There a new number 10 in Brazil.
The fashion statement of the moment for Brazilians glued to the Rio Olympics is the national football team iconic number 10 jersey.
But it not Barcelona star Neymar name they want on the back. It Marta, the captain of the women team, whose dazzling performances have outshone her male counterpart, who is yet to score at Rio 2016.
The problem is, there are hardly any Marta jerseys to be found.
Clothing and sports stores in Rio de Janeiro have racks and racks of green and yellow shirts with Neymar name on the back.
But good luck finding a replica Brazil jersey for five time World Player of the Year Marta.
Her silky skills, two goal display in a 5 1 thrashing of Sweden and down to earth nature have captured the hearts of Brazilians in need of Rio hero.
A video of a young boy wearing a Brazil jersey with Neymar name crossed out and Marta scrawled in with a heart went viral after Neymar sulked his way through two scoreless draws to open the men quest for gold.
Brazilian actor Alexandre Nero took to Facebook this week in bitter protest after trying and failing to find a Marta jersey for men.
can have a Brazil jersey with the name of one of the world best footballers just because of some Medieval market notion that no man would wear a shirt with the name Marta, said Nero, a 46 year old prime time TV star and musician.
Nike, the official supplier of Brazil kit, says it does not sell replica jerseys with names on them. Buyers can decide to add any name they like.
There are no precise statistics available, but retailers clearly consider Neymar the name of the number 10, whether on official jerseys or unofficial copies.
More and more customers disagree.
are behind the times, Paola Jatahy, saleswoman at a shop in central Rio told AFP. a lot of prejudice against women.