Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Brazilian star Neymar says next year’s World Cup in Qatar could be the last in his career.

The comments from the 29-year-old striker were made in the documentary “Neymar & The Line Of Kings”, produced by DAZN. An excerpt was posted on the channel’s Twitter feed on Sunday.

“Man, I think it’s going to be my last World Cup,” Neymar said. “I face it as the last World Cup because I do not know if I will mentally be able to endure more football.

“I will do everything to get there very well,” he added. “I will do everything I can to win it with my country and realize my dream, the biggest since my childhood. I hope I can achieve it.”

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Neymar plays with Brazil later Sunday in Colombia in a World Cup qualifier. Seleção leads the 10-team robin competition with 27 points after nine games.

The striker did not play in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Brazil in Venezuela due to suspension.

The match in Barranquilla will mark Neymar’s return since the 2-0 win over Peru on September 10, where he delivered an important performance in Brazil with an assist and a goal. Despite his efforts, Neymar made it clear after the match that he is sad about the treatment he receives at home.

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“I do not know what else to do with this shirt so people can respect Neymar,” he said. Local media accused the striker of being out of shape in the 1-0 win in Chile earlier in September, prompting the striker to walk around without jerseys to show how good he is.

Against Peru, Neymar overtook Romário as Brazil’s top scorer in the World Cup qualifier, with 12 goals. He is also approaching Pelé’s record of 77 official goals for Brazil. The Paris Saint-Germain striker has scored 69 times for Brazil.

Neymar has so far played at two World Cups. In 2014, he suffered a back injury in the quarterfinals against Colombia, which prevented him from playing in the 7-1 humiliation against Germany in the semifinals.

In the latest edition of the tournament, Neymar had just returned from a serious foot injury and delivered an impressive performance in Brazil’s 2-1 defeat in the quarterfinals to Belgium. He left Russia amid strong criticism for his seemingly exaggerated reaction to being committed.

Neymar won the 2013 Confederations Cup title with Brazil. He has also won the gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The striker was injured before the Copa America 2019, which Seleção won at home.

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