Neymar discuss 2014 World Cup injury that almost got him paralysed

Neymar discuss 2014 World Cup injury that almost got him paralysed

Neymar reveals he almost got paralysed in 2014 World Cup

"It [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: 'The good thing is that if it went two centimetres to the side, you wouldn’t walk anymore.'"

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 quarter-final game against Colombia.

Without their talisman, Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany on home soil.

In the same interview, Neymar also revealed that the 2022 World Cup might be his last one.
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