Neymar feared that the World Cup was over due to injury: ‘I cried all night’ | football world cup


Neymar is happy that he could be of value again for Brazil on Monday at the World Cup in Qatar. The star player had to miss his country’s previous two games.

Neymar, who scored one of the goals in the eighth final against South Korea (4-1), suffered a swollen ankle in the first group match against Serbia. He missed the other two group matches.

“To be honest, I was very scared. I was doing very well, I had a good season. Then it is very difficult to get an injury like that,” Neymar said after the match against the Koreans, in which he was named the best player was elected.

He briefly feared that the injury would cost him the rest of the World Cup. “I cried all night. My family knows that. Fortunately, it all worked out and I am fit again. Hopefully we will get further than at the previous World Cups. Three more games to go.”

Neymar scored against South Korea from the penalty spot for his 76th international goal. He is one goal away from Pelé’s all-time top goalscorer record.

There was extra attention for 82-year-old Pelé around the match. There are concerns about the health of the football legend. Neymar and his teammates showed a banner of support after the game.

“It’s hard to talk about him. We wish him well and we hope he recovers as soon as possible. I hope he enjoyed this victory,” said Neymar.

The 30-year-old attacker finds it hard to realize that he is close to breaking Pelé’s record. “It makes me proud. I never thought I would reach this number, so I’m very happy with it.”

Brazil will face Croatia in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, which eliminated Japan earlier in the day. With Morocco-Spain and Portugal-Switzerland, the last two eighth finals are scheduled in Qatar on Tuesday.


Source: NU by www.nu.nl.

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