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Neymar: World Cup in 2022 ‘will be my last’

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Brazil’s Neymar celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Paraguay during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, back in 2017. Picture: AP Photo, André Penner

Brazil star Neymar says the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar will be his last as he doesn’t have the strength to put up with more football.

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil star Neymar said on Sunday that the 2022 World Cup will be his last as he “doesn’t have the strength to put up with more football”.

“I think it will be my last World Cup,” the 29-year-old told DAZN.

“I will play it like it is the last because I don’t know if I will still have the mental strength to put up with even more football.”

Neymar, who has played in two World Cups and is his country’s second top scorer of all time behind Pele, will be 34 when the 2026 tournament rolls around.

“I will do everything to get to the 2022 World Cup in great shape and will do everything to win for my country, to fulfill my biggest dream since I was little,” added the Paris Saint-Germain star.

Neymar played in the 2014 World Cup on home soil and scored four goals.

However, he was to suffer a back injury before Brazil were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.

Four years later, in Russia, Brazil were knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals.

So far, his international honours have been limited to the 2013 Confederations Cup and an Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016.

Injury ruled him out of the 2019 Copa America which Brazil won as well as the 2021 edition where Argentina triumphed in the final.

Brazil are comfortably placed to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar having won all nine of their qualifiers in the South American region so far.

AFP

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