Neymar Junior hints at playing at 2026 World Cup to fulfill ‘very big dream’


Neymar’s pain at Brazil’s 2022 World Cup exit was severe, leaving his international future up in the air.

Neymar has hinted he may yet play at the 2026 World Cup, revealing that the “very big dream” still burns to lift the trophy.

The 31-year-old Brazilian said before last year’s World Cup that this could be his last, when he was injured in the quarter-finals against Croatia.

After Brazil’s World Cup exit, Neymar gave no assurances that his international future was “psychologically destroyed”.

Two months later, Neymar seems to be absorbing the disappointment, saying the door is not closed on the Brazilian’s career until 2026.

“We will go back every year and see,” Neymar told TNT Sports. “Of course, I have a big dream to win the World Cup.”

Neymar said he was inspired by Paris Saint-Germain teammate Lionel Messi’s success with Argentina in Qatar.

“Leo has always been an inspiration,” she says. “He always helped me and encouraged me. Of course, seeing him win at the age of 34, I also think about that.”

Neymar will be 34 when the 2026 World Cup kicks off in the US, Mexico and Canada.

The striker was part of Brazil’s 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cup squads, winning the bronze boot and making the All Star XI when the event was played on home soil in 2014.

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