Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

The pain of loss to Belgium very great, says Neymar

The pain of loss to Belgium very great, says Neymar

The Brazil forward's world-record switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last August was widely viewed as an attempt to push his Ballon d'Or credentials away from Lionel Messi's considerable shadow.

"Lukaku can make it hard for any team because of his physique". Belgium have had nine different goalscorers in the 2018 World Cup (excluding own goals); only Italy in 2006 and France in 1982 (10 each) have had more in a single tournament.

They played that match without Neymar, who had been stretchered off in the quarter-final win over Colombia with a fractured vertebrae.

Unfortunately for Brazil's Neymar his displays are still being talked about - though probably not in the way the world's most expensive player would have wished.

Neymar's second World Cup campaign didn't end well at all and he's caused a stir by going into hiding as soon as Tite's side returned to Brazil following their quarter final defeat to Belgium.

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However, aside from the fact he failed to inspire Brazil to beyond the last eight, the 26-year-old has also been heavily criticised for his theatrics at this summer's showpiece global tournament in Russian Federation.

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Brazil lead the list with seven wins in 2002 (and six in 1970), while Argentina won five consecutive games in both 1986 and 2014. A typically sumptuous strike proved decisive from the Manchester City star, who was the best player in Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side last season.

Adding insult to (exaggerated) injury, Brazil was knocked out of the tournament in that game, losing 2-1 to Belgium.

"It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match".

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