By Liviu Bird
March 05, 2014

Neymar Neymar (10) had himself a nice day for Brazil, torching South Africa for a hat trick. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty)

Since returning from an ankle sprain in late February, Neymar has slowly worked his way back to top form. He scored on his return for Barcelona, the last goal in a 6-0 rout of Rayo Vallecano on Feb. 15, but after his hat trick in South Africa on Wednesday, he has to be feeling even better.

Neymar scored the second, third, and fifth goals in a 5-0 win in Johannesburg. The first was in Brazil's traditional yellow shirt, but the last two came in blue after an unconventional jersey change at halftime.

The highlight among the highlights was Neymar's second goal, when he finished Fred's bouncing through ball by coyly lifting it over goalkeeper Ronwen Williams. On the final goal, Williams followed through and took Neymar's legs out from under him, leaving him on the ground for a moment, but he bounced up and trotted back to midfield for the kickoff shortly after.

Watch all three of Neymar's goals below:

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