By Denise O’Donoghue
Limerick FC were introducing fans to their new players online this week when one photo sent social media into meltdown.
16-year-old striker Barry Cotter is one of their newest signings, but fans have been quick to point out that he could easily pass for Brazilian professional footballer Neymar.
Neymar has changed his name to Barry Cotter and signed for League of Ireland side Limerick. Didn't see that coming. pic.twitter.com/3ItMwQF5TC— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 27, 2015
BREAKING: Neymar has joined Limerick FC... pic.twitter.com/gsHUaHLfcf— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) August 26, 2015
Young Barry shares more than just looks with the famous footballer – he also has a similar self-confidence.
“I’m just hoping for a brighter future. It’s a massive opportunity – I couldn’t ask for anymore at this time,” he told LimerickFC.ie.
“I’m looking for a top-three finish, and on goals I’m looking to score at least one or two in each game for the rest of the season.”
One is called Neymar and the other is called Barry Cotter. BUT WHICH IS WHICH?! pic.twitter.com/mab4gSGpye— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 27, 2015
The story of Neymar’s Irish doppelgänger has been picked up by international news organisations such as The Guardian and Bleacher Report.