Rio de Janeiro:
Brazil star Neymar said on Sunday that the 2022 World Cup would be his last because he did not have the strength to endure much football.
“I think this will be my last World Cup,” the 29-year-old told DAZN.
“I’ll play it like it’s the last because I don’t know if I’ll still have the mental strength to endure more football.”
Neymar, who has played in two World Cups and is the second top scorer after his country’s Yellow, will turn 34 during the 2026 tournament.
The Paris Saint-Germain star added: “I will do everything I can to get the 2022 World Cup in the best shape and to win for my country, to fulfill my little dream.”
Neymar played at home in the 2014 World Cup and scored four goals.
However, he suffered a back injury before beating Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.
Four years later, Brazil was knocked out by Belgium in the quarterfinals in Russia.
So far, his international honors have been limited to the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2016 Olympic gold medal in Rio.
The injury knocked him out of the 2019 Copa Am جوrica, which Brazil won, as well as the 2021 edition, where Argentina won the final.