Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Neymar Breaks His Silence On Brazil’s World Cup Exit

Neymar Breaks His Silence On Brazil’s World Cup Exit

He does many things and it is the players around him who benefit. The France match will be one of the biggest in my career.

The 25-year-old said France expect "a very hard game" against Belgium, adding that his relatively young French squad "will have to give the best of ourselves" and that they are looking to show their "growth" and "maturity". Exhibit A: The contender for goal of the tournament scored for France by Benjamin Pavard against Argentina.

Olivier Giroud might have begun this World Cup on the bench but, from the moment he came on in France's opening match against Australia, Didier Deschamps has been unmoved. His goal oozed freshness and a young person's can-do attitude.

There has also been the rise of new strong teams in the case of Belgium. It reflects how western Europe has become the epicentre of football wealth and innovation and how South America has fallen behind.

Of the 73 meetings between the teams, Belgium have won 30 and France 24, with 19 draws between them, although if Belgium are to reach their first World Cup final they will have to do so by beating France at the tournament for the first time. "But we said that we're an improving side who want to make our own history". The impression, increasingly, is that all that remains of Brazil's heydays are fumes.

Five-time champions Brazil had arrived in Russian Federation with high hopes of putting the humiliation of their 7-1 semi-final thrashing on home soil by Germany four years ago behind them, but were instead sent packing by a clinical Belgian outfit.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

From the ridiculous hairdo's to his on-field theatrics, Neymar wasted his chance to shine on the world stage as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faltered. Both in their thirties, the superstars are unlikely to return in Qatar in 2022.

With one match to play until the semifinals, it feels like the tournament is wide open.

Hazard is also a name that's been linked with the Bernabeu in the past, with Marca reporting on Sunday that Real will look to sign him this summer if they fail to land Neymar.

Eden Hazard lavishes praise on France's Kylian Mbappe, with the Belgium attacker revealing that he has "mad respect" for the 19-year-old.

"A player can be very good, spectacular even, but they will never be like Pele because he has no heir".

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