In the wake of a shocking elimination from Qatar 2022 at the hands of Croatia, many wonder whether Neymar will play in the next FIFA World Cup with Brazil.
This year’s FIFA World Cup caused another stir. Against all odds, Croatia overcame one of the heavy favorites for Qatar 2022, defeating Brazil 4-2 on penalties. As a result, many are wondering what’s next for Neymar.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar is yet to win the coveted trophy and it’s fair to believe this could be his last chance to do so. Neymar will be 34 years old at the time of the 2026 World Cup.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s over. The likes of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are well over 30 and currently playing in Qatar. However, Neymar has already hinted that Qatar 2022 could be his last World Cup.
Will Neymar play in the 2026 World Cup with Brazil?
It might be too soon to tell whether Qatar 2022 was the last World Cup in Neymar’s career. However, in an interview with DAZN in 2021, Neymar admitted that was his idea.
“I think Qatar 2022 will be my last World Cup,” Neymar said. “I don’t know if I have the mental fortitude to continue coping with the world of soccer.”
Of course, Brazil’s painful defeat to Croatia could either lead Neymar to retire or, in the contrary, to continue trying.