Brazil’s Neymar has hinted that next year’s World Cup in Qatar could be his last.
The statements were made by the 29-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward in the DAZN documentary “Neymar & The Line Of Kings.” On Sunday, the channel’s Twitter feed posted a snippet.
“I believe this will be my final World Cup,” Neymar remarked. “I’m approaching it as if it were the last World Cup because I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to psychologically take any more soccer.”
“I’ll do everything I can to get there as quickly as possible,” he continued. “I will do everything in my power to help my country win and accomplish my greatest ambition since I was a child.”
Neymar was a part of Brazil’s 0-0 tie with Colombia in a World Cup qualifying match on Sunday. After ten games, the Selecao leads the 10-team round robin play with 28 points. Due to his suspension, Neymar was unable to play in last week’s 3-1 win over Venezuela.
Tite was questioned about Neymar’s poor performance, which includes 17 misplaced passes and 30 possession losses.
“He is a terrific player because he makes exceptional plays,” Brazil’s coach remarked. “We all know he’s a unique player. He was also well-marked, with two players marking him at times.”
The meeting in Barranquilla was Neymar’s first international match since a 2-0 win against Peru on Sept. 10, in which he had an assist and a goal in a crucial Brazil effort. Despite his efforts, Neymar expressed his dissatisfaction with his treatment at home after the match.
He stated, “I’m not sure what else I need to do with this shirt to get people to respect Neymar.” In the 1-0 win over Chile earlier in September, local media accused the striker of being out of shape, prompting the striker to stroll around shirtless during training to establish his fitness.
With 12 goals against Peru, Neymar surpassed Romário as Brazil’s best goal scorer in World Cup qualifiers. He’s also closing in on Pele’s 77 official goals for Brazil. Neymar has 69 goals in 69 appearances for Brazil.
He has appeared in two World Cups so far. In the 2014 World Cup, he suffered a back injury in the quarterfinals against Colombia, which prevented him from playing in Germany’s shocking 7-1 semifinal loss.
Neymar had just returned from a significant foot injury in the most recent edition of the competition and put forth an underwhelming performance in Brazil’s 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Belgium. He was heavily chastised after leaving Russia 2018 due to his allegedly dramatic reaction to being fouled.
Neymar led Brazil to the 2013 Confederations Cup victory, as well as a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was injured prior to Brazil’s victory in the 2019 Copa America, which was held at home.