The Brazilian Football Confederation is now optimistic that sales for its tickets for football matches, featuring the Olympics host country at least, will now be in higher demand courtesy of Neymar da Silva Santos Jr.

The confederation has sealed a deal with FC Barcelona, the club Neymar plays for. The football star is now all set to make his second appearance at the Olympic Games, this time in Rio.

The announcement was made on the Barcelona website, stating that the Brazilian striker would participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics, playing for his country.

FIFA rules stipulate that players be released from club obligations for international duty, but this does not apply to Olympic games.

In the 2012 London Olympics, Brazil were beaten by Mexico in the final match. The Brazilians are hoping for better luck this time on home territory, and Neymar may just be the man to deliver.

Ticket sales for the games have been considerably sluggish, as Brazil struggles with political and economic unrest, and Zika virus fears.

Hopefully, the prospect of seeing Neymar in action will change that.