2022 World Cup could be my last: Neymar
FOOTBALL By Robert Abong'o | October 11th 2021
Paris St Germain and Brazilian superstar Neymar is contemplating retiring from international football after the 2022 World Cup.
Neymar (29), has had a successful career with Brazil so far but has failed to lead them to glory in football’s greatest competition.
Neymar has already eclipsed records set by legends Romario and Zico, becoming the country’s all-time leading scorer with 69 goals, having only played 114 times.
Speaking in DAZN’s new documentary dubbed ‘Neymar & The Line Of Kings’, Neymar spoke of the toll the game has taken on him, confessing he might not be able to continue with Brazil past 2022.
“Man, I think it will be my last World Cup,” said the Brazilian.
“I am facing it like the last World Cup because I don’t know whether I will be able to, mentally, to endure more soccer. I will do everything possible to get there very well. I will do all I can to win it with my country and realise my dream, the biggest since my boyhood. I hope I can achieve it,” Neymar added.
Neymar failed to register a goal in Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Colombia on Monday morning, even though La Selecao remains top of the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying group with 28 points after 10 games.
Neymar’s only success with Brazil was in 2013 after the team beat Spain 3-0 to win the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Neymar’s sensational club career:
SANTOS: Six trophies won
Campeonato Paulista (3) - 2010, 2011, 2012
Copa do Brasil (1) – 2010
Copa Libertadores (1) – 2011
Recopa Sudamericana (1) – 2012
BARCELONA: Six trophies won
La Liga (2) – 2014-15, 2015-16
Copa del Rey (3) – 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17
Supercopa de Espana (1) - 2013
UEFA Champions League (1) – 2014-15
FIFA Club World Cup (1) – 2015
PARIS ST GERMAIN: 10 trophies won
Ligue 1 (3) – 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20
Coupe de France (3) – 2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21
Coupe de la Ligue (2) – 2017-18, 2019-20
Trophée des Champions (2) – 2018 and 2020
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