Neymar’s 2014 World Cup injury blow one of the worst in his career

Fri 15 October 2021 | 9:38

The Brazil international revealed that the World Cup 2022 is going to be his last as the moment he had in 214 is haunting the Ligue 1 star.


revealed that the injury he sustained in the World Cup 2014’s quarter-finals was among the worst moments of his career.

In the documentary he made, which was named ‘Neymar and The Lion of Kings’, the

Paris Saint-Germain

talisman seemed to have admitted that his playing days are coming to an end.


I think it's my last World Cup,"

Neymar told


when quizzed about the 2022 showpiece in Qatar.

Mauricio Pochettino, the PSG head coach, Brazil manager Tite and teammate Thiago Silva have shown support to Neymar, who admitted that he is not certain if he has the “strength of mind to deal with football” much longer.

The Brazilian also claimed that the incident he went through in 2014 as he was so close to sustaining a serious injury.

In 2014, Neymar had just moved to Barcelona a year before and he was the nation’s greatest hope. He met the back of the net four times, including a brace against Croatia in the opening game, as Brazil ended the Group stage sitting on top. However, Neymar suffered a fractured vertebra in the quarter-finals.


It was one of the worst moments of my career. It destroyed my dream to keep playing in the World Cup,"

reflects Neymar in the documentary.

"When I felt that pain in my back, I remember that Marcelo wanted to help me up, but I was really in pain.

"I then tried to move my legs, but I wasn't able to. I didn't have the strength to get up. I told them: 'I can't, I can't, I can't feel anything'.

"The doctor told me, 'I have good news and bad news'. I asked him to tell me the bad news first. He said, 'your World Cup is over'.

"I started sobbing, and asked him, 'and the good news?' – he said: 'you were two centimetres away from not being able to walk anymore'."

Brazil made their way to the semi-finals without Neymar, losing 7-1 to Germany, which was one of the most humiliating results in the history of the World Cup. Neymar, on the other hand, recovered and went on to contribute to a treble in the 2014-15 season, before making a move to PSG in 2017.

source: SportMob

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