Neymar answers questions during the presentation of "Neymar Jr," a Brazilian comic based on him.
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SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil striker Neymar is now a comic book character in Brazil, joining other local football stars who have become a reading option to children across the country.

The 21-year-old player announced the "Neymar Jr.'' comic book on Thursday in a partnership with leading Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa.

Neymar will be portrayed as a child with his own football-playing friends and his well-known Mohawk hair style. The first issue is called "A boy with talent.''

Other Brazilian players who have become children's comic book characters include Pele, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

Neymar, one of Brazil's top celebrities, is touted as the future of Brazilian football and is sought-after several top European clubs.

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