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WORLD CUP 2014: Neymar ready to lead Brazil to World Cup glory


Neymar has stated that he is ready to lead Brazil to glory on home soil in this summer’s World Cup finals. 

The midfielder is looking to shrug off a rather frustrating first season at Barcelona, ehere he came in for some critisism during his debut season in Spain. 

Neymar will undoubtedly be the centre of attention this coming Thursday, as the hosts kick off their campaign against Croatia in Sao Paulo. 

He stated in a recent interview to the Daily Express: “It’s been a dream since I was young, and today it’s right before me: I’m Brazil’s No 10, I’m going to play the World Cup, in my own country. 

“Everyone says winning the World Cup is an indescribable joy, so I’m dying to feel that myself. I can’t wait to shout: ‘We’re champions’.

“People say, ‘You’re under pressure, being the big game in the squad’. But I’m not under pressure. I’m happy.

“I’ve always done things my way. Since I was 13 the media have been saying I’d be the new Robinho. I’m someone who doesn’t really worry.

“If you don’t tell me that I’m Neymar and that I play for Barcelona and Brazil, I’ll forget it. People imagine me as they see me on television, but I am completely different because I don’t feel pressure about anything.” 

The 22 year old will be looking to help his side to a sixth World crown, with Brazil’s last triumph coming in 2002, as two goals from Ronaldo was enough to beat Germany 2-0 during the Japan/ South Korea show-piece. 

And Neymar stated that manager Luis Scolari continues to talk about his experiences of that tournement. 

“The coach talks about 2002 a lot. He says that the World Cup is the toughest tournament,” added Neymar.

“There’s no room for error, you must be at full speed from the start. It’s a short tournament where your margin for error is smaller than other matches.

“And he talks about the pleasure of winning, how good it feels. He’s certainly going to help us win another one.

“The World Cup has always been my goal in life. It’s funny that today it’s nearly come true. To win the World Cup is what I want more than anything.” 

By Ben Reardon 


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