Brazil, who’re chasing a record-extending sixth World Cup title, face Cameroon of their final Group G recreation on Friday with ahead Neymar set to overlook the match resulting from an ankle drawback. Here’s a have a look at the 30-year-old’s World Cup highs and lows:
MISSING OUT IN 2010
Neymar burst onto the worldwide stage in 2010 with a purpose on his debut in opposition to the US, however his profession has been a rollercoaster the place he has struggled to reside as much as excessive expectations and endured frustration with Brazil.
The striker was ignored of the nationwide squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by coach Dunga, who didn’t imagine the then 18-year-old was prepared for the best stage regardless of making a reputation for himself within the Santos first group.
Jogo difícil, mas period importante ganhar.
Parabéns equipe, primeiro passo dado…
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— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) November 25, 2022
MORE HEARTBREAK IN RIO
Having turn into a family title after his transfer to Barcelona, so much was anticipated from Neymar who spearheaded Brazil’s assault on the 2014 World Cup on residence soil, however the occasion would finish in tears for the talismanic participant.
Neymar — who scored 4 objectives in 5 matches — sustained a cracked vertebrae in Brazil’s quarter-final win over Colombia and was pressured to look at his group mates undergo a humiliating 7-1 semi-final thrashing by Germany.
INJURIES AND TATTERED REPUTATION
Accidents would deny Neymar once more on the international showpiece in Russia in 2018 — solely two years after he delivered Brazil’s first males’s Olympic gold in soccer with the successful penalty in a 5-4 shootout overcome Germany at Rio de Janeiro.
Neymar suffered a sprained proper ankle that affected the fifth metatarsal in his foot and he was by no means totally match through the World Cup in Russia, as Brazil have been knocked out within the quarter-finals by Belgium.
The Paris St Germain striker — the most costly participant on this planet following his file 222 million-euro ($231 million) swap to the French facet from Barcelona in 2017 — was additionally left together with his status in tatters after being ridiculed for his haircuts, diving and tears within the match.
SWEATING ON FITNESS IN QATAR
Neymar sustained ankle ligament injury in Brazil’s opening 2-0 victory over Serbia in Qatar and seemed distraught when he left the pitch late within the match.
The Brazilian group’s physician stated Neymar would solely miss their match in opposition to Switzerland, however a supply near the group instructed Reuters he would additionally sit out the Cameroon recreation.
WHAT IS AT STAKE FOR NEYMAR IN 2022 WORLD CUP?
Criticised for his antics on and off the pitch previously, followers have been shocked by a seemingly totally different Neymar forward of the Qatar World Cup because of his bodily and psychological preparation.
He ended his trip per week early to start coaching with PSG within the shut season and is having an excellent marketing campaign to this point. He’s among the many main gamers for objectives and assists mixed in Europe’s 5 main leagues. Neymar may overtake the nice Pele as Brazil’s all-time prime scorer if he nets three extra objectives so as to add to his tally of 75 from 121 matches.
A trophy-laden membership profession aside, delivering Brazil’s first World Cup since 2002 will go a good distance in serving to Neymar cement his place among the many recreation’s fashionable greats. However can he regain his health for the knockouts?