Neymar Says 2022 Could Be His Last World Cup
Brazilian footballer Neymar has said that next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar could be his last.
Neymar, who has played more than 100 times for Brazil in the last 11 years, is his country’s second top scorer of all time after Pelé and participated in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
“So I will do anything to succeed, I will do everything to win with my country, to fulfill my biggest dream since I was little. And I hope I can do it.”
Having lost in the semifinals and quarterfinals of the last two World Cups, Brazil is currently at the tip of South America’s qualifying group for next year’s World Cup with 28 points after 10 matches.
Neymar scored his 12th goal in World Cup qualification when Brazil beat Peru last month, bringing his score with his country to 69, eight behind Pelé’s record.
Having won the World Cup on five previous occasions – most recently in 2002 – the Seleção has suffered a disappointment in recent editions.
In the 2014 tournament, in which Neymar missed the final stages through injury, Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals, and in 2018, the team exited the competition in the quarterfinals after a 2-1 loss. against Belgium.