Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar hints at international retirement after 2022 World Cup


Neymar has 113 caps to his name (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

Brazil forward Neymar believes the 2022 World Cup will be his last for his country, suggesting he could retire from playing internationally at the age of 30.

The 29-year-old has 113 caps for his country and he’s Brazil’s biggest chance of winning the World Cup in Qatar next December.

Neymar has tasted international success with his country in the past, winning the Copa America in 2019.

However, the World Cup remains the priority and the pressure is on the forward to deliver for the five-time winners.

But that pressure has taken its toll on Neymar, with the Brazilian suggesting the tournament will be his last for Brazil as he doesn’t have the ‘strength of mind’ to continue.

Neymar Brazil player during a match against Chile at the Engenhão stadium for the Copa América 2021, on July 02, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Thiago Ribeiro/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

‘I think it’s [2022] my last World Cup,’ said Neymar.

‘I see as my last because I don’t know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football anymore.

‘I’ll do everything to turn up well, do everything to win with my country.

‘To realise my greatest dream since I was little, and I hope I can do it.’

Neymar has competed in two previous tournaments and he was sensational on home turf in 2014.

However, the forward’s injury in the quarter-finals prevented him from playing against Germany in the semi-finals and Brazil were infamously defeated 7-1.

Brazil were then defeated by Belgium at the quarter-final stage of the 2018 World Cup.

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