Neymar’s Brazilian teammates still hope that the 29-year-old forward can stay in the national team after the World Cup next year, although he said that Qatar’s game may be his last game.
On Tuesday, his teammates gathered around the Paris Saint-Germain players and said they understood the pressure Neymar faces as Brazil’s biggest star.
“We want him to be with us for many years,” midfielder Fred said.
“But it’s hard to talk about other people’s minds. Sometimes people face great pressure. Not only Neymar, but also (Leonel) Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo. We hope he is here, he is what we see in Brazil One of the best players ever.”
Neymar’s close friend and defender Thiago Silva said at a press conference that Neymar’s pressure is unfair compared to other players.
The forward left the stadium after a 0-0 draw with Colombia on Sunday and did not speak to reporters after his poor performance.
“We forgot a lot of what he did on the pitch and focused on unimportant things. He put a lot of pressure on himself,” Silva said before Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Thursday.
“I hope he will not lose his happiness. He is a super special kid. When he is happy and does what he likes to do, he can always perform and play as usual. This is better for the team.”
Silva played his 100th game in Brazil against Colombia, and he also used his Instagram account to boost the morale of his friends.
“If you need someone to be strong for you, please know that I will always be here! The Silva family loves you,” the defender said in a post that included a photo of himself hugging Neymar.
Everton forward Richardson was absent with a knee injury. He tweeted a photo of a banner held up by a Manaus fan in Brazil’s Thursday game, which read: “Neymar, if you’re in heaven Playing football, I will stare at you.”
Neymar said in an interview broadcast this week that he does not know whether he can “mentally endure” more international football matches. After the 2022 World Cup And he is approaching the championship, as if this is his last game.
Neymar’s first two World Cups are unforgettable. In Brazil in 2014, he injured his back in the quarter-finals against Colombia and missed the shocking semi-final 7-1 loss to Germany.
In Russia in 2018, he was disappointing in the quarter-final loss to Belgium.