Barcelona star Neymar has been unveiled as Brazil's new captain on Thursday.

According to ESPN, Brazil head coach Dunga announced that the 22-year-old Barca forward took the captaincy armband from Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva.

"The captain is an example for all of his teammates overall. We have to have a strong group so that Neymar can grow more each day, as a player, as a person, being an example to children," Dunga said adding that they should have many players of high quality just like Neymar to win titles.

"Whenever we have been champions, we had that. We need more players with this quality on the pitch," the 50-year-old "A Selecao" (The Selection) boss remarked.

Dunga said he had spoken to Silva about the captaincy decision and pointed out that they need more leaders, adding that a player who does not have the armband does not make him less of a leader.

Neymar has scored 35 goals in 52 international appearances for Brazil.