The American sportswear giant is looking to make the Brazilian their leading star by the time next summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro take place

Neymar will replace Cristiano Ronaldo as Nike's new brand leader from June 2016, according to a new report in Spain.

Marketing Deportivo claims that Neymar wants to play for Brazil at next summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the American sportswear giant are targeting that event as the time to make the change.

The report also suggests that Neymar's impressive performances for Barcelona this season, particularly in the absence of Lionel Messi, have also worked in the Brazilian's favour with his sponsor, especially with Ronaldo entering the final stages of his career and his inconsistent displays for Real Madrid this term.