In an Instagram post, the Paris Saint-Germain striker Gabriel Jesus described Neymar tears after scoring a goal were tears of joy coming after his intensive recovery from a broken foot suffered in February.
Jesus also believes his sometimes-polarising team-mate should be treasured.
“Neymar is fine. I’m a boy, he’s a boy – a joyful boy,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.
“He emanates happiness to all of us, to [the team] and to Brazil. Not only because of his football but because of him as a person.
“We have to treasure our idols. To treasure and believe in them until the last minute.”
Jesus had a goal ruled out for offside and hit the crossbar before his crucial role in Coutinho’s goal but is yet to get off the mark himself in Russia. Firmino was also on the field at the end as Brazil chased victory and the Manchester City striker feels comparisons between the pair are inevitable.
“That’s normal that two players with chances of playing in the national team face comparisons,” he added.
“It’s [head coach] Tite’s decision on who is better at the moment to get on the pitch. But Firmino has all conditions to be among the first 11 as well as I have.
“He can be the main forward player. I hope that, no matter if he plays or if I play, we can play well.”