- Brazil start their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against Switzerland tonight at the Rostov Arena
- Neymar believes that he is the best player on Earth, as Messi and Portugal are from another planet
- He will be hoping to take Brazil to their 6th World Cup win after a horrible elimination in the 2014 edition
With Cristiano Ronaldo lighting up the World Cup with a magnificent hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s Group B opening encounter, the pressure was on players like Neymar and Messi to reproduce that performance for their respective countries Brazil and Argentina.
Neymar looking to erase dark memories of 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final
Lionel Messi endured a disappointing game against minnows Iceland, not being able to break down their solid defence in 2nd half and missing the chance to take all three points, that many expected were in the bag for Argentina before the tournament started. Tonight
Neymar will lead his Brazilian team in their opening Group E encounter against Switzerland, hoping to take his team one step further from 2014 edition, where they were knocked out by Germany in a humiliating fashion in the semi-finals.
Neymar didn’t play in that 7-1 drubbing against Germany after suffering an injury in the quarter-finals against Columbia. He will be hoping to stay fit for the entirety of the tournament and with that take Brazil to their 6th World Cup win. Speaking ahead of their opening encounter against Switzerland, the 26-year-old laughed off comparisons with Messi and Ronaldo.
Neymar said, “The two who are above all others right now are Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi. For all modesty, today I am the best player in the world – because they are from another planet.”
Neymar is definitely among the top 5 players in the World and is heavily tipped to break Messi and Ronaldo duel dominance over the Ballon d’Or but at the moment, he still some way to go before his name is taken in the same breath as the Argentinian and Portuguese.
Neymar’s focus is completely on winning the World Cup not the Ballon d’Or
To be fair to the Brazilian starlet, he is not currently worried about personal awards at the moment. His sole target appears to be taking Brazil as far as he can in 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. This Latest World Cup News would definitely make the Brazilian fans, who are rooting for Neymar to be their hero this summer.
He said, “I don’t want to be the best player in the world, I want to win the World Cup. Winning the trophy would make myself, my family and my country so happy,”
4 year’s back Brazil’s entire starting eleven didn’t have the same threat that it has this time around. Apart from Neymar, the team will be heavily relying on the likes of Coutinho, Firmino and Jesus to get them over the line match after match till they don’t achieve the goal that they came to Russia with.
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