At their home Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil won the gold medal match against Germany after Neymar struck a 25-yard free-kick and then slotted home the winning penalty in a shoot-out.
Admitting after the game that it doesn't get much better than that, the 24-year-old told Brazilian media: 'Today I stop being a captain.
'I will send a message to Tite [Brazil's coach] that from now he can look for another captain. Today I have become a champion and I give up the captain's armband. It was something I received and honoured with affection.'