The pain is great, says Neymar after SWC exit

  • The pain is great, says Neymar after SWC exit

The pain is great, says Neymar after SWC exit

I was delighted to see Belgium beating Brazil in a thrilling quarter-final as it meant the diving little cheat that is Neymar was sent home in a game that continued the trend of brilliant and exciting matches at a wonderful World Cup.

In this Instagram post, Neymar wrote: "I can say that this is the saddest moment of my career, it is incredibly painful because we knew we could get there, we knew we had conditions to go further, to make history".

Adding insult to (exaggerated) injury, Brazil was knocked out of the tournament in that game, losing 2-1 to Belgium.

They played that match without Neymar, who had been stretchered off in the quarter-final win over Colombia with a fractured vertebrae.

He came to Russian Federation having only just returned from an operation on a fractured bone in his foot in early March.

"It is hard to want to find the strength to want to play football again, but I'm sure God will give me enough strength to face anything".

Neymar ended his message by saying the Brazilian team's dream of a sixth title was interrupted but it remains alive in their "minds and hearts".

The Paris Saint-Germain star left Russian Federation having scored two goals in five games as Brazil failed to play their best football, despite topping Group E without losing a match and then beating Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16.

A video has emerged on Social media which seems to show Brazilian fans throwing stones in disgust at the bus that carried their national team after the team returned from the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Brazil squad were due to leave Russian soil on Saturday afternoon on a flight to Madrid, before carrying on to Rio de Janeiro, where they are due to arrive in the early hours of Sunday.