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

/ 02:14 PM October 11, 2021
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Brazil’s Neymar celebrates after scoring against Peru during their 2022 FIFA World Cup South American qualifier football match at the National Stadium in Lima, on October 13, 2020, amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Paolo AGUILAR / POOL / AFP)

Brazil star Neymar said 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.

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“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.

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“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 was humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.

Four years later, in Russia, Brazil was knocked out by Belgium in the quarterfinals.

So far, his international honors 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 is comfortably placed to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar having won all nine of their qualifiers in the South American region so far.

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