Neymar told the FA that his “dream isn’t over. It was interrupted by a play but it continues. There are two games left and I am sure that my team-mates will do everything possible so that my dream, which is to be a champion, comes true”. He also went on to say that it was also his dream to play in a World Cup final but that he will be by their side and “all us Brazilians are going to be celebrating”.
The weight and pressure on the young forward’s shoulders would be enough to crush the most hardened veteran but Neymar stood up to the task and starred for his country. His four goals have proven the difference so far for a stuttering Brazil side and his penalty against Chile in the face of immense pressure was phenomenal.
Neymar is a different player when he pulls on the canary yellow kit of his native Brazil and he shines under the spotlight with the eyes of the world upon him. It is a shame that Brazil will have to go on without him as they look to win a sixth World Cup because he has shown that he deserves all of the love and attention he has received. If anything this injury may have spared him from the criticism and vitriol that he may have faced if Brazil are eliminated against Germany but after playing so well and bringing his team to the brink of the final, Neymar deserved to see the task through.
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