‘I was in shock. I couldn’t stop crying’: Neymar reveals he almost got paralysed right during World Cup game

(The 2014 injury) was one of the worst moments of my career. It ruined my dream of playing the World Cup, of playing the semi-final, the final,” Neymar has told DAZN.

“When I hurt my back, Marcelo tried to help me get up but he couldn’t. I was trying to move my legs but I couldn’t, I didn’t have the strength to get up. I said: ‘I can’t, I don’t feel anything’. And they took me to the infirmary.

“There were 2 minutes left [in the Colombia game] and I remember that my leg was bent and the doctors stretched it out for me. I was in shock. I couldn’t move my feet and I couldn’t stop crying.

“The doctor told me: ‘The bad news is your World Cup is over’. I burst into tears, saying: ‘What’s the good news then?’ He said: ‘Close to two centimeters, you wouldn’t be walking any more’. I cried, I was sad to leave the World Cup, sad to be injured,” the Brazilian concluded.

Neymar played 5 games at the 2014 World Cup, scoring 4 goals and recording one assist. He picked up a serious injury at the end of the Colombia game. The forward was also unavailable for Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Elche.

Also in that interview, the 29-year-old revealed that the 2022 World Cup is going to be his last one.


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