Striker Neymar was surprised when he stated that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar might be the last of his career. The 29-year-old Brazil international believes he won’t “have the head” to play at a high level with chances of playing in the 2026 World Cup in North America.
“I think it’s my last World Cup (2022). I consider it the last because I don’t know if I will be more able, head to head, to take on more football. So I will do everything to get there well, do everything to win with my country. “To fulfill my dream since I was young and I hope I can achieve it,” Neymar said in an interview with the documentary Neymar Jr. and The Kings Line by DAZN.
In the 2026 World Cup, which will be played in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the striker will be 34 years old, an age at which other players have already played in some versions of the World Cup. For comparison purposes, the 37-year-old defender Thiago Silva has already been called up by coach Tite to take part in the national team matches this year and has chances to appear in the 2022 World Cup squad.
Neymar is the correct name for the national team for next year’s World Cup, in the event that the selection confirms qualification in the qualifiers. It will be his third cup. He made his debut in the national competition at the 2014 World Cup. Four years later, he was in the Russian Cup. In Brazil, he was injured in the quarter-finals and was not on the field when the national team beat Germany 7-1. In Russia can not prevent the fall of Belgium in the quarter-finals.
Neymar is the greatest striker for the national team since the generation of Ronaldo, Kaka and Rivaldo. However, she did not achieve the same success as her predecessors in the national team. After debuting with the first team in August 2010, the Paris Saint-Germain player won only one title, the 2013 Confederations Cup. In addition, he led the Olympic team in their pursuit of the gold medal in Rio 2016. They participated in winning the South American U-20 Championship. 2011. The previous generation won the 2002 World Cup and the 2005 and 2009 Confederations Cup.
The striker defends the Brazilian national team for the 114th time in Sunday’s match against Colombia in the World Cup qualifiers. Thus, he surpasses Pele and Djalma Santos and becomes the fifth player to have played the most matches for the national team.
The 29-year-old striker is also distinguished by his goals. He is already the second top scorer in the national team with 69 goals. He comes behind Pele, who has a total of 77 according to FIFA and 95 according to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) statistics, which take into account clashes with teams and combined.
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