Neymar claimed the harm he suffered within the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup was one of many worst moments of his profession.
In the course of the making of an unique new documentary entitled ‘Neymar and The Line of Kings’, the 29-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star has appeared to recommend his enjoying days are winding down.
“I feel it’s my final World Cup,” Neymar informed DAZN when requested about subsequent yr’s showpiece in Qatar. He’ll flip 31 seven weeks after the ultimate of the match, scheduled for December 18, 2022.
PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Brazil boss Tite and compatriot Thiago Silva have been amongst these providing their help to Neymar, who claims he’s uncertain whether or not he has the “self-control to cope with soccer” for much longer.
And, in one other excerpt from the documentary, Neymar revealed one of many hardest incidents he has gone via so far, and simply how shut he was to undergo an harm with critical penalties.
Neymar, aged 22, was Brazil’s poster boy heading into the 2014 World Cup on residence soil. Solely a yr on from his transfer from Santos to Barcelona, the ahead was the nation’s nice hope because it hosted FIFA’s flagship match.
He scored 4 targets – together with a double within the opening sport in opposition to Croatia – as Brazil completed prime of Group A.
Nevertheless, Neymar’s match was ended within the quarter-finals, when Colombia’s Camilo Zuniga barged into his again, fracturing a vertebra.
“It was one of many worst moments of my profession. It destroyed my dream to maintain enjoying within the World Cup,” displays Neymar within the documentary.
“Once I felt that ache in my again, I do not forget that Marcelo needed to assist me up, however I used to be actually in ache.
“I then tried to maneuver my legs, however I wasn’t capable of. I didn’t have the power to rise up. I informed them: ‘I can’t, I can’t, I can’t really feel something’.
“The physician informed me, ‘I’ve excellent news and unhealthy information’. I requested him to inform me the unhealthy information first. He mentioned, ‘your World Cup is over’.
“I began sobbing, and requested him, ‘and the excellent news?’ – he mentioned: ‘you had been two centimetres away from not with the ability to stroll anymore’.”
Brazil held on to progress to the semi-finals, but with out Neymar, capitulated 7-1 to Germany in one of the humiliating ends in World Cup historical past.
Neymar, happily, recovered, occurring to assist Barca win a treble in 2014-15, earlier than turning into the world’s most costly participant when he joined PSG in 2017.
He additionally helped Brazil win Olympic gold in Rio in 2016, a crown that was retained at Tokyo 2020.