Neymar is one of the popular names in the world of football. The player who is now playing for a French club, Paris Saint Germain, is known as a person who is good at dodging the ball. He has the skill and speed above average. But behind his profession as a football player, Neymar had experienced something very painful.
In fact, the incident made the 27-year-old player really hated football.
At that time, Neymar and the Brazilian national team appeared so optimistic in the 2018 World Cup. They became one of the strongest candidates to win the World Cup trophy because they were considered to have exceptional material players. Moreover, the Samba team was only joined in Group E along with Switzerland, Serbia, and Costa Rica, which incidentally had weaker powers.
Sure enough, without being defeated, they were able to end the group phase by becoming the strongest team. Brazil entered the top position with 7 points. Along with them, there was the Swiss National Team which also passed to the next.
In the round of 16, Brazil successfully overcame the resistance of the Mexican national team. They were able to overthrow Hirving Lozano and colleagues with a score of 2-0.
After qualifying for the quarter-finals, Brazil was unable to fly higher. They were kicked by Belgium with a 1-2 defeat. Tite’s foster children had to go home faster than other contestants. They were eliminated at the same time failed to repeat the achievements of the previous four years that were able to penetrate the semifinal phase.
Neymar became one of the players highlighted after this failure. He was even accused of acting more in the field than contributing. Yes, in the last 2018 World Cup title, Neymar did reap a lot of controversies. He often acted excessively when getting violated until many consider that he was unable to uphold the value of sportsmanship.
Besides being the target of criticism, Neymar also became the saddest player when the Brazilian national team was eliminated from the World Cup.
Quoted from various sources, Neymar even admitted that he did not want to see the ball after Brazil was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup. Losing from Belgium in the quarter-finals was apparently very painful for Neymar. The failure made him hate and did not want to watch a football match.
“I don’t want to see the ball. I also don’t want to watch a football match. I cut ties from everything. I am afflicted with grief, sadness, and all I want to do is to be alone,”
Besides not wanting to communicate with all things related to football, Neymar also claimed that the moment was the saddest throughout his career. His heart was broken because he failed to make history with the Brazilian national team.
He claimed it was difficult to come into contact with the ball. However, He always believed that God would continue to give him strength.
It is understandable why the defeat was so imprinted on the hearts of Neymar. Apart from failing to win his dream of winning the World Cup, Brazil appeared very dominant in the match. The Samba team recorded 57 percent possession, compared to Belgium with 43 percent. The number of attempted shots carried out by Brazil was far more than Belgium’s. Neymar and his friends recorded 26 shots while Belgium only experimented with eight times shots.
Continuously bombarding the Belgian defense, Brazil in fact still cannot afford to score a goal.
After undergoing difficult times in his career, Neymar has now forgotten the painful defeat. Please note that Neymar’s rising spirit did not escape from the role of his beloved people. This former Barcelona player admitted he did not want his family to be saddened by it.
He survives, and always tries to continue to show the best.