Can Neymar play another World Cup? Brazil star’s plans for FIFA World Cup 2026

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Can Neymar play another World Cup?

Brazil’s star forward Neymar had a rocky start to his tournament after he suffered an ankle injury in the first group stage match against Serbia and went on to miss the rest of the group matches.

The PSG playmaker made a comeback into the squad in the Round of 16 match against South Korea and topped it off with a penalty in Brazil’s 4-1 win. Alley sport brings you an article about Can Neymar play another World Cup?

 Can Neymar play another World Cup?
Can Neymar play another World Cup?

Neymar became only the third Brazilian to have registered a goal in three or more World Cups. He joined Pele and Ronaldo for the feat. Pele has scored in four different editions, while Ronaldo has scored in three. Neymar, having scored at the 2014 and 2018 editions, joined the list with his penalty against the Asian team.

Despite going out of the quarter finals , Neymar’s performance against Croatia was exceptional. He capped it with a sensational goal which saw him equal Pele’s record of 77 goals for Brazil.

Neymar and Brazil were pre-tournament favourites and demonstrated why in their first game against Serbia. Nevertheless, Neymar was injured during that game forcing him to miss the rest of the group games.

Can Neymar play another World Cup?
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Can Neymar play another World Cup?

Neymar’s strike drew him level on 77 goals for Brazil with none other than Pelé but in the aftermath of the defeat, there are fears that it could have been his last, stoked by the player himself when asked about his future with the national team:

“Honestly, I do not know. I think talking now is bad because of the heat of the moment. Maybe I’m not thinking straight. To say that this is the end would be rushing myself, but I don’t guarantee anything either. Let’s see what happens going forward.”

“I want to take this time to think about it, think about what I want for myself. I will not close the door to playing with Brazil, nor do I say 100% that I’ll come back. I need to think a bit more about this, about what is the right thing for me and for the national team.”

 Can Neymar play another World Cup?
Can Neymar play another World Cup?

Neymar, who will be 34 when the 2026 World Cup comes around, made his debut for the Brazil in the days after their elimination from the 2010 tournament and has since gone to make 124 appearances, scoring 77 times. Despite his impressive goalscoring exploits at international level, there is a risk his career will come to an end having not won a single major trophy with the Brazil National team.

Neymar previously admitted that the 2022 Qatar World Cup would be his last World Cup but the hunger of winning a World Cup before retiring could make him re-think about his decision to play in the next 2026 World Cup.

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