Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian footballer Neymar has said he sees the 2022 tournament as his last World Cup as he feels he doesn’t know if he has the mental strength to deal with football anymore.
“I think it is my last World Cup. I see it as my last because I don’t know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football anymore,” he said in a video message posted on Goal Twitter handle. The Brazilian star led his nation’s quests to win its sixth WC title at the 2014 and 2018 editions, but failed at the semi-final and quarter-final stages, respectively.
Nevertheless, the star footballer sounded optimistic about realising his dream of winning the title while spearheading his team at the 2022 WC.
“I will do everything to turn up well, to do everything to win with my country. To realise my greatest dream, since I was little. And I hope I can do it,” he said. Neymar played his first World Cup in the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil. The side advanced to the quarterfinals, but the match against Colombia was a nightmare for the striker as he suffered a vertebrae fracture, which ruled him out of the semifinal match against the eventual World Cup 2014 champion Germany.
In the next WC, Neymar made into the team after missing the last three months of the club season with a foot injury, but could not go past Belgium in the quarterfinal as Brazil were defeated 1-2.