Neymar Has Rolled Out Of The World Cup After Defeat To Belgium

Jul 08, 2018, 08:42
Neymar Has Rolled Out Of The World Cup After Defeat To Belgium

Neymar says Brazil's World Cup elimination in Russian Federation is the saddest moment of his career and it will be hard to get back to playing soccer again.

With Spain's elimination during the Round of 16, England has emerged as the strongest squad on their side of the bracket, and have been rewarded on the World Cup championship odds, where they trail only Brazil and sit alongside France at +400. "They've probably not had the tournaments they set out to have, but they're still two of the best players in the world".

Belgium's quarter-final battle with Brazil will be a classic encounter between an unstoppable force and an immovable object when the tournament's joint best defence comes up against its most free-scoring attack in Kazan on Friday.

"At Barcelona, he evolved a lot and he nearly reached the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi".

Neymar was responsible for just one of Brazil's nine shots on target as they crashed out against Belgium, leaving him with just two goals to show for his efforts in Russian Federation.

Fernandinho will now head off for his summer holiday before returning belatedly, like other Blues at the World Cup, for pre-season training.

Brazil have won the World Cup 5 times followed by Italy and Germany, who have won it 4 times. Already the only continent to win three World Cups in a row, Europe is now guaranteed to extend that to four in the July 15 final in Moscow.

Brazil played their 109th World Cup game, joining Germany for the record for most matches in World Cup history.

With traditional powers gone, this World Cup could be a now-or-never chance for Belgium's players to live up to the "golden generation" tag they've embraced.

"Providing assists is also important and this year I have provided more than ever".

Eventually, both Ronaldo and Messi had to leave Russian Federation earlier than they would have hoped for, as the Portuguese World Cup dream ended at the hands of a stubborn Uruguay side while the aging Argentina team lost against sprightly France.