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Neymar on future with Brazil: ‘I don’t know’

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Neymar tied Brazil legend Pelé’s document Friday together with his 77th worldwide purpose, however the present Seleção celebrity’s pleasure turned to heartbreak when Croatia’s 117th-minute equalizer in additional time of their 2022 World Cup quarterfinals match paved the best way for the 2018 World Cup runner-up to knock out Brazil on penalties, 1-1 (4-2). 

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It marks the second straight World Cup that Brazil has misplaced within the quarterfinals, a irritating outcome for the nation with 5 males’s World Cup championships, probably the most of any nation.

Neymar was noncommittal on his future with the workforce, because the Seleção captain stated it was not the time to speak in regards to the topic instantly following the loss.

“Truthfully, I don’t know what’s going to occur. It’s exhausting to speak about it proper now,” he stated. “It could be too hasty to return right here and say that that is it, however I can’t assure something. I’ve to take a while to consider it. I’m not closing any doorways to the Seleção, however I’m additionally not saying 100% that I wish to be again.”

Neymar, Richarlison, Casemiro and each purpose by Brazil within the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Neymar might be 34 when the 2026 World Cup takes place. He by no means had a possibility to take a penalty kick Friday, as Croatia clinched the victory after Rodrygo and Marquinhos missed their spot kicks.

“He would have taken the fifth penalty,” Brazil coach Tite stated. “That’s the one with probably the most strain, and he can be the participant with probably the most high quality and psychological preparedness to take the shot.”

If Neymar does return to the Brazil nationwide workforce, it will likely be below a brand new coach. Tite had beforehand claimed on the document that his time with Seleção can be over following the 2022 World Cup, and made his resignation official after the loss Friday.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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