Following Brazil's World Cup exit at the hands of Belguim, Neymar has broken his silence and taken to social media to reflect on the disappointment of another World Cup exit.
In 2014 the PSG striker had his tournament prematurely finished due to injury. This time round injury threatened to derail Neymar's World Cup once again as a metatarsal injury ended his season with PSG and put him under pressure to recover in time for the competition.
He did recover but at times looked unfit and came in for criticism from the Brazilian media following the exit. Now he has taken to Instagram, to reflect on the 'saddest moment' of his career.
Posso dizer que é o momento mais triste da minha carreira, a dor é muito grande porque sabíamos que poderíamos chegar, sabíamos que tínhamos condições de irmos mais além, de fazer história .. mas não foi dessa vez. Difícil encontrar forças pra querer voltar a jogar futebol, mas tenho certeza que Deus me dará força suficiente pra enfrentar qualquer coisa, por isso nunca deixarei de te agradecer Deus, até mesmo na derrota... porque eu sei que o teu caminho é muito melhor do que o meu ??❤️ Muito feliz em fazer parte desse time, estou orgulhoso de todos, interromperam nosso sonho mas não tiraram da nossa cabeça e nem dos nossos corações ??❤️
I can say that it is the saddest moment of my career, the pain is very great because we knew we could get there, we knew we had the conditions to go further, to make history .. but it was not this time. Difficult to find the strength to want to play football again, but I'm sure God will give me enough strength to face anything, so I'll never stop thanking God, even in defeat ... because I know that your way is much better than mine ??❤️ Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, interrupted our dream but they did not get out of our head and neither of our hearts ??❤️
Attention now turns to the 26-year-old's future, with Marca reporting today that it is Florentino Perez's dream to sign Neymar for Real Madrid.