Neymar Jr

3 MINUTES READ

The Paris Saint-Germain striker has been a revelation for the French giants since his world record summer switch from Barcelona and hopefully is aiming to fire Brazil to a record sixth title when the tournament gets underway in Russia

Before his injury in February, Neymar Jr has sent a warning to Brazil’s rivals by revealing he is a better player heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup than he was four years ago, but we can only ask will he be ready for the world championship? In 2014 on home soil Neymar Jr helped the hosts overcome Chile and Colombia before a devastating injury prevented him taking the field in the 7:1 semi-final defeat by eventual winners Germany. His four goals in the tournament still saw him finish third in the Golden Boot but with 53 goals now to his name, hot on the heels of Pele’s national record of 77, he believes he can make his mark once again. He said: ‘The difference is hard to explain, but I think I’m more experienced, more wise, more ‘cascudo’ (an expression meaning ‘tougher’), as we say in Brazil. This is because I had many experiences, I participated in a World Cup where we lost and I think I’ll be more prepared for the next one, because I know what it is like to be in a World Cup, I can be better prepared. So the Neymar Jr in 2018 is better than the Neymar Jr in 2014.’

Neymar Jr
Brazil head to Russia as one of the tournament favourites. Among them are Germany, France, Spain and Argentina

Brazil head to Russia as one of the tournament favourites, but must first overcome Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. As for other favourites beyond the normal suspects, the 26-year-old picked out Roberto Martinez’s Belgium as ones to watch, as well as Liverpool star Mohamed Salah of Egypt. ‘I think the best-known teams are the favourites, as always. Among them are Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, Argentina’, said Neymar Jr. These teams will be the highlights in any championship. And for the surprise, I think Belgium has an excellent team and can be a surprise in this Cup. Salah (from Egypt) is also a great player who can make a difference in the World Cup. There is no easy selection to play so I think every game will be very difficult, that’s why it’s called the World Cup, right? The best selections in the world and every game is hard.’ In terms of his club form, PSG is dominating the French Ligue 1 table and the transition, it seems, has been a seamless one. He explained: ‘The adaptation to the French League was quick because the European style is very similar everywhere, so there is not much difference between the leagues. I think the Brazilian players in Paris helped me a lot here, all the guys from our team (in general), the Spaniards, they have all helped me in the adaptation and it is getting easier for me. ‘No parlez Français’. I try to talk because I’m shameless, so I’m learning. I understand a lot of what people say, but I don’t speak the language yet.’

Neymar Jr
‘I know what it is like to be in a World Cup, I can be better prepared. So the Neymar Jr in 2018 is better than the Neymar Jr in 2014’

The road to the third Neymar Jr’s Five World Final has already begun with players from more than 60 countries and six continents set to battle it out for global glory under the watchful eye of the man himself. It is a fast, technical and fun competition that will be held in July. Mixed teams can continue in 2018 but, for the first time ever, there will be an all-women’s tournament in the same format of 10 minutes of intense action, no goalkeepers and teams losing a player every time the opposition scores. Neymar Jr said: ‘I’m very happy to increase the number of players, the number of teams signing up and the number of countries has also increased. It’s very big but I hope it can get even bigger. We have more teams than the World Cup, which has 32 teams. What makes me really excited is that each edition brings more players from more countries so I’m glad to know that everyone wants to participate, and I feel happy to be part of it.’

Photos by Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool and Nike

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
This is a photography of Janko Tipsarevic One&Only Portonovi Travel

An exclusive partnership between Janko Tipsarević and One&Only Portonovi

In a new Riviera-style, on the Montenegrin Adriatic coast, One&Only Portonovi announces an exclusive partnership with Janko Tipsarević and his world-class tennis company, Tipsarević Luxury …

This is a photograph of a Ivica Kostelic sailing Interviews

Ivica Kostelić: Le Petit Prince in offshore sailing

Famous Croatian alpine ski racer, overall World Cup winner and four-time Olympic silver medalist, Ivica Kostelić has switched from skiing to sailing, and in the …

Wimbledon Winner Goran Ivanisevic 01 Interviews

Game, set, match – Goran Ivanišević

From a small street in the Split’s Firule neighborhood to winning Wimbledon, induction into the tennis hall of fame and coaching Novak Đoković, Goran Ivanišević …

Optika Anda Ivan Rakitic Interviews

Ivan Rakitić

Croatian representative has been the top wanted football player for years, and recently has become the new star of Optika Anda It is hard to …

Zlatko Dalic Interviews

Zlatko Dalić: A Quiet Leader

As the head coach of the Croatia national football team, Zlatko Dalić is the person responsible for the greatest success in the history of Croatian …

Roger Federer Interviews

Roger Federer: Artist on the Court

Roger Federer is like a child at play, playing the game of tennis, drawing points with such beauty and creativity that some claim that watching …

This is photo of a Yanmar tested boat Yachting

Yanmar Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell System

Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. have conducted a field demonstration test for the maritime fuel cell system. The …

This is photo of a Benetti launches MY Hawa Yachting

Benetti Launched Custom Yacht MY Hawa

Benetti launched from Livorno MY Hawa, a 48-meter full custom yacht designed in collaboration with the famous English studio RWD, who penned the exterior and …

This is a photopgraphy of 80 Sunreef Power Great White Tests

80 Sunreef Power review: Approved by Rafa Nadal

Power multi-hull 80 Sunreef Power gives motoryachts of the same size a run for their money. This model might just be the one to propel …

This is photo of a Tomislav Hrala, direktor prodaje i marketinga Portonovi Interviews

Tomislav Hrala: One&Only is new standard of luxury

The first One & Only resort in Europe is located in Herceg Novi, in the Bay of Kotor, which is considered one of the most …

This is photo of a Artisan Neva chair Luxury

Neva Chair Is an Artisan Icon

The Neva chair is an elegant combination of modern technology and master craftsmanship whose unique design sends a message of universal values and beauty Good …

This is aphotography of new Pershing 6X Yachting

New Pershing 6X: Bold by Nature

Self-assured and defiant, with a slew of new features and an incredible 48 knots of power: Pershing 6X expresses the boldest and most daring side …

Scroll to Top