After Brazil's departure from the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar, Neymar cried profusely on the field. That tearful moment of his has touched the hearts of millions of football lovers.
However, Brazil went ahead with Neymar's incredible goal against Croatia. With that goal, he also touched Pele, who is the top scorer for the Seleção. Bruno Petkavic equalized with a long-range shot just as Brazil were breathing distance from the semi-finals. Then Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic's heroics destroyed Brazil.
Neymar was mentally devastated as the team failed in the Hexa (Sixth Campaign) campaign. He was so broken that the next World Cup was far away, and there was doubt whether he would ever play for Brazil.
But Neymar is desperate to forget the bad memories and turn around again. However, he did not live up to expectations for PSG after returning from injury. His position at the club has been further shaken by falling out with PSG sporting director Luis Campos after the latest defeat against Monaco. With that controversy still raging, he will play tonight in the first leg of the knockout phase against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Neymar practiced yesterday at his home ground Parc des Princes ahead of the match. He also gave an interview to the Brazilian sports TV channel TNT Sports during practice. Women's Journalist Clara Albuquerque spoke to the 31-year-old star.
Brazil fans should be happy with what Neymar said in the interview given in Albuquerque. Neymar has hinted at playing the 2026 World Cup. Even before this, when many journalists asked him about it, he avoided the matter or asked for time. But yesterday the journalist answered all the questions of Albuquerque with a smile.
Neymar said, "I want to go forward for years. I'll see what happens next. Of course, there is a big dream. That is winning the World Cup.
Neymar will be 34 years old when the next World Cup comes around. But Messi has once again proved that age is just a number by winning the World Cup in Qatar at the age of 35.
Neymar dreams of playing in the 2026 World Cup with the inspiration of club teammate Messi, 'Leo (Messi) is always an inspiration. He always supports and encourages me. Seeing him win the World Cup at the age of 35 made me think about it too.